As a travelling Evangelist, it is a challenge to get jobs that are suited to this lifestyle. I recently was working a minimum wage job on a bakery production line. It was one of those jobs, you walk into (hired on the spot) and many walk away from daily. It was fast paced, demanding and highly stressful. I have been led to plenty of these jobs since heeding the call to dedicate myself to all-time ministry. It always gives me an opportunity to get to know the people of an area. Many people complain about minimum wage, but as a Christian I have learned a unique perspective.
A job, from a Christian perspective, should never be the means by which we survive. Our blessings come from God, and a job (whichever one we have) is a blessing from God. The pay is set low for a minimum wage job as it is designed to be an opportunity for someone to enter into the work force. This should be an incentive to do a good job, so that a person can get a work reference and get something better. As Christians, we should look to God to supply our needs and sometimes he does that by us doing our best at low paying jobs. It is a good part of our witness if we can learn to be content with our wages.
I think of the jobs I have done since I have been on the road and it is such a wide spectrum. I have had higher paying jobs and minimum wage. I am always reminded of Paul, who said he knows how to abound and to be abased. We ought always to be grateful. Honestly, either way my first responsibility is to glorify God. In eight years, I have never seen God let me down, He has provided when I had little money just as steadily as when I had abundance. Here is the thing: God is no respecter of persons; what He’s done for me He would do for you. The question all of this constantly begs is do we trust Him?
Elijah was by the brook and God fed him with the ravens bringing him bread and flesh each morning and night. When the well dried up he went to the widow of Zarephath, where he stayed for the remainder of the drought. Let us look at the conversation which took place between them.
 I Ki. 17
“ So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
Notice the boldness Elijah spoke with—the widow could not help but notice this. She must have been struck with his confident words, “Fear not…” these are the words of angels in the Bible. To speak with such command. This shows a security with God. This is very important for us today. Do we truly trust Jesus? Before you answer know there will be a test! The test for the widow was laid out: would she do as the man of God commanded? What about you?
“And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
Look at the promise here if we are obedient to God the ‘meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail,’. Still, as we read on that wasn’t the final test. It is easy to praise God while the supernatural provision is taking place. Do we remember this testimony when the worst case happens? This is the test have we taken God and His blessings for granted?
“And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.
Her son died, but not of starvation. She had been prepared for him to die when she met Elijah. Now she was holding Elijah accountable for her son’s life, and by recognizing him as a ‘man of God’ she was charging God for the great calamity she was facing. Even deeper under the surface we see her blame herself. “Art thou come…to call my sin to remembrance?”
The secret to living above all circumstances comes by true humility. In this account we can be sure that both the widow and Elijah were humbled. The widow entertaining all these conflicting thoughts and Elijah hearing the character of his God in question, both were forced to face God for the answer. This is one of the riches of God’s glory that most people don’t receive unless forced by some hardship. This is why Paul wrote in the fifth chapter of Romans that we glory in tribulations. Tribulation will cause us to hope in God and will build our trust in Him, as we watch Him deliver us again and again.
 Rm. 5:3-5
“And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed.
Elijah could have had no earthly idea what to do in this situation. He didn’t know any of his friends or relatives who had brought people back from the dead. All he had was faith. He was driven by the charge to God’s character and a desire to show the widow woman the power of the God that he served. In that moment it must’ve been that he put his mind solely on God, believing God would answer. Remember this, Elijah was no super-hero.
 Ja. 5
“Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
Quite simply, Elijah was a man who trusted God. He had faced the tests and come through in victory. In doing this, he brought the widow and even her son along with him. This is the most valuable thing we can have in life. We must learn to count the worldly things we have compiled as a loss, looking to those things which build faith and hope as the most valuable things we have. So, learn to be ever grateful toward God. If you have a good job or career, praise God! If you are just starting out and are learning to do with little praise God! Little is much with God. Faith, a few drops of oil and a scoop of meal sustained Elijah, the widow and her son for quite some time. At the end of the test God granted the increase in all of their lives. He is no respecter of persons. He will do the same for you! Put your faith in and be glad to serve Him in every situation, for this is our reasonable service!
 Rm. 12:1-
“Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
These passages show us the heart of the Father, this lines up perfectly with His character. He is light, he is transparent, He has no ulterior motive but is genuinely driven by benevolent love. Jesus came and exemplified this truth even to His own death on the cross. Jesus commended His own disciples when they displayed this same character. Remember Nathanael? “An Israelite in whom is no guile.” So, we should ask ourselves are we being transparent? Are we operating from a clear conscience and a right heart motive?
 Jn. 1:47  Websters’s 1828 Dictionary
Are we laying down our lives for the brethren? What about on facebook, social media?
Here comes trouble! The designers of these platforms recognized many pitfalls in them. There are a plethora of articles online showing that these sites were designed to be addictive. It would be easy to write an article highlighting the idolatry which can spring up from abusing facebook and other social media. However, this is not the intent of this article. The reason for mentioning this, is that it is the writer’s supposition that social media addiction is the source of much of the unruly behavior we witness every day as we scroll through our newsfeeds. Every day, Christians are witnessed attacking other Christians without remorse or shame and that in front of the world. This article is not a call to dump social media but a plea for fellow Christians to act graciously while engaging in it. Recognize the pitfalls of the cyber world. Everyone likes having their comments ‘liked’ etc., how far are you willing to go to receive that attention and approval?
As a preacher I can attest to the pressure to be known as someone who stands for God without compromise. This “pressure” (though it would seem valid) is actually ungodly. The fact that there is pressure is a direct sign that it is just a thinly layered attempt to gain the approval of men. Jesus called us to enter into His rest. We don’t have to prove we are someone who stands for God, we just have to be someone who stands for God. Love God with our heart, mind and strength, in doing this, we are called next to love our neighbor as ourselves. The question is naturally begged, “Who is our neighbor?” The parable of the good Samaritan displays the benevolent love we ought to have for all of God’s creation. That said, the Epistle of John distinguishes this even deeper he commands us to love the “brethren”. The next question which arises is this: who is our brethren? Is it only those who on all points agree with us?
Let us make something clear, I John also gives us clear guidelines on how to discern the spirit of any doctrine presented. By these guidelines we can be sure that groups like the Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons, Catholics, and Muslims are not Christian groups. The biggest sign of this is the fact that each of these groups make these distinctions while among their own. They present themselves as Christian up until the point they win a convert then they immediately begin to speak against Christianity. There are doctrines that are clear all the way through the Bible which help us ‘know them by their fruit’.
Now within the spectrum of evangelical Christianity there are many things which aren’t exactly crystal clear; different traditions observed, eschatological views, predestination/ free-will, atonement theories and on and on. While we may have passionate opinions regarding these issues, we would do wise to recognize that the person in opposition to your view may well be your brother, and, so you have a duty to treat him/her graciously. We see this distinction made in Titus, how to appeal to the brethren and all men for that matter.
 Mt. 10:28-30  Lk. 10:25-37  Mt. 7:16:21
“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
This should give us a general understanding and guidelines for loving our neighbors and especially how to love the brethren. Meekness in no way implies that you have to be smiling, or pleased with every interaction or confrontation, remember ‘rebuke them sharply’. Confrontation is awkward and uncomfortable by its nature. Still, you shouldn’t add needless strife and personal (unrighteous) anger into the engagement. As was spoken already, before you get into any confrontation, check your own heart. If the issue is clear sin we have a duty to rebuke that. If it is a matter of some questionable doctrine then we should strive to show the reasons of our opposition (why we believe what we do) with a consistent life which reflects our beliefs. In all matters of doctrine, we need to rely on the Holy Ghost to bring us all to the truth. We have been promised a word which ‘your adversary’ cannot ‘gainsay nor resist’. When arguments are carried on unproductively, we should, each one of us consider our ways. Why is God’s clear promise not coming to pass?
 Lk. 21:14-15
Avoid foolish questions, needless points of contention. As much as we ought to be bold in standing for the truth in matters that are clear; we ought also to be slow to remove a person from among us for some unclear doctrine. Does the person in question have a bad heart or have they given themselves to bad teachings? We need to be reasonable and as much as it is possible at peace with all men. We should be slow to use the term ‘heretic’ and notice the rules for dismissal: one and two admonitions. Give people a chance to consider what is being put before them. Knowing the goodness and terror of the Lord we persuade men. When people are behind the safety of their computer screen they become so quick to chop’em and block’em. These are people who obviously haven’t considered that God is watching. Let us be kind to each other, especially the brethren. Give one another the benefit of the doubt. We have a charge to keep as Christians and it is a ministry of reconciliation.
 II Co. 5:11-18
“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
There were very few parents at the event, which was disappointing. They scheduled it the same day that a sports event was taking place at the school, so there was no shortage of parents at the school, just few actually came into the library. This was even more disappointing. The person in charge talked to us personally for nearly an hour. She was very cordial, well-spoken and politely direct, at least on certain topics. I promised not to name her in this blogpost. At the same time, I let her know I would be writing about our conversation. She intimated a desire to do the job she was given even though it was not her favorite part of her day.
The two sides were clearly drawn as the Pastor I accompanied began to make his arguments that education without God is indoctrination. She countered with the obvious separation of ‘church and state’, while he explained the history of that statement. This never meant that God should be removed entirely, only that there should not be a state-run church. This was to protect the church from the state not the state from the church. She brought up the point that there are now other religions in the mix so we cannot choose one over another. It was here she was stuck—if all things were equal that would be true, but only one claim can be true. It was here she fell silent.
They have no problem with stories of witchcraft.
The Pastor pointed out that the preamble to the state’s constitution, as well as our federal constitution both mention God. The woman (a former history teacher) conceded to that point but only wanted to deal with in a historical context. It was here she retreated to sentiment. Apparently when she taught middle school students, ‘every year’ she had a pregnant student. So, this was her argument for supporting sex ed, “they are going to do it anyway.” The Pastor claims education that teaches ungodliness is a form of tax fraud. Who is right? What should a parent do?
Here we see they have no problem with promoting the Day of the Dead
In all fairness, the students have a choice to opt out of these courses, in most of the states which require this curriculum. Should Christians support organizations that teach such contradictions of terms as “safe [unmarried] sex”? The Bible calls this fornication. The teacher conceded to the goodness of the law of God. She agreed with the fact that when someone is promiscuous they show a low value of themselves. When I brought up the over-sexualization of children in organizations like the Boy Scouts, Drag Queen Story Hour was mentioned, and she was very somber. She said, as parents, we have been “asleep at the wheel”.
While, I am thrilled she sees the problem and she has not gone the way of some, defending perversion; still, she is part of the problem. As long as we can’t speak of God and His Word we have no objective standard to work with. Without the truth of God, all we are left with is men and their opinions. In the new curriculum there are three “R”s; rights, respect and responsibility. We agree with teaching responsibility but does a person not have a responsibility to God, first and foremost? The term ‘rights’ has been used (more often than not) to defend wickedness and make provision for the flesh. While it is true we have been given free-will, that should never boil down to saying we have a ‘right’ to disobey God. An individual’s sins hurt everyone. Should we respect those who show no respect towards anyone else, even for their own creator?
These are the apparent heroes of today. The picture (Top right) was taken when
John Lennon decided to "stay in bed" where he admitted he was high on heroin.
There are two camps of thought here. The side of the teacher is that she can make a difference and show godly principles without mentioning God. She wants to make a difference in the world, while maintaining her faith secretly. People who dwell in this camp will often mention the book of Esther, which never mentions God but shows His handiwork throughout. The side of the preacher is a bit more like the prophet Elijah saying, “How long will you halt between two opinions?” Serve God or serve the devil, but, attempting to serve both is futile. Let us look at the Scriptures and you can decide for yourself.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
This verse doesn’t say anything specifically about God and taken by itself you could certainly argue the case for secularism. Can we not teach someone right and wrong without mentioning God? Still, the example we have to draw from in the Old Testament shows over and over parents being exhorted to teach their children the laws of God. The children were expected to recite, from memory, a certain portion of the Torah as a rite of passage. If they failed there were consequences, they were not considered adults, could not govern properties etc..
“And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the Lord.”-Exodus 10:1
What is foolishness, according to the Bible? Is it not to act as though there is no God?
 Ps. 14:1; 53:1
“Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.” -Psalm 143:10
Samuel began a school of prophets which continued through the days of Elisha. IT had to be added onto in order to house the many students. The Hebrew boys were taught in the ‘learning, and the tongue of the Chaldees’. It should be remembered that the same ‘boys’ stood in the fiery furnace refusing to disavow their God. The School of Gamaliel was the school which taught Paul to be zealous towards God. It would seem the consistent theme is that children should be taught first and foremost to fear God. How can that be accomplished in an institution which denies Him His very singular ‘right’ to glory?
 I Sa. 19:20; II Ki. 6:1  Dn. 1:3  A.A. 5:34; 22:3
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Oh that men would praise the Lord!
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
How often we gloss over this simple crucial command, Come out from among them. Many teach evangelism and Christianity, as if we should come alongside of them. This is the tendency of the natural man, or the carnal man. They would say how will I win them if I stand against them? The trouble is the carnal mind is at enmity with God. The saying (in fishing terms) goes, “I just catch’em and let God clean’em”. The problem is whatever means you use to ‘catch’em’ will need to be consistent in order to keep them. It seems to be general logic; a person’s evangelism can go no further than their own view of salvation, their view of salvation can go no further than how close they will come to God and how close they come to God, will depend ultimately on how far removed from the world they are willing to become. It is important that evangelists learn this principle.
Come out from among them, can a person be saved without obedience to this command? What is it being spoken of that we are to leave behind? How can we be in the world but not of the world?
To address these questions let us look to the top of this chapter of II Corinthians.
 Rm. 8:6-7
“We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.”-II Corinthians 6:1
The fifth chapter spoke of being ambassadors of Christ, and this is the theme being spoken of here in this first verse. If you were to visit the embassy of any country, you would find things pertaining to the country represented. Furthermore, the laws of that land apply within the embassy and not those of the country they are stationed in. Workers together with him, Paul is reminding the believers in Corinth how he witnessed to them, he is exhorting them to do likewise. He strongly urges them to make certain their own calling and election, bringing a charge that they should not receive the grace of God in vain. If this were not a possibility why would Paul have said it? Paul reminded them of all the many things he suffered so that they may be taught the truth of God.
 II Co. 5: 20-21
“By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
This list is very similar to the list given in Galatians 5, the fruits of the Spirit. Pureness— that is having a genuine desire to make the Lord known to all. Knowledge— obviously, anyone who would do this, must have some knowledge of God. Longsuffering-- the evangelist must be ready to be abused and rejected, for so was Jesus and all the Apostles. Kindness-- David said let the righteous smite me it will be a kindness, so rebuke is not out of the question. By the Holy Ghost— without God we can do nothing. Love unfeigned— it takes genuine love to win souls, and sadly most professors do not possess this. When preaching the Gospel, it will often cause an uproar. The veil is uncovered, and people see the confusion they are living in, when faced with the word of truth. We must have our Gospel armor on as those who have been exposed will attempt to shame the preacher. God will turn the reports (both good and evil) towards his glory, if we will but yield to Him and obey the Gospel.
 Ga. 5:22-23  Ps. 141:5  Jn. 14:16-18
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
So here we have not only the answer to ‘who’ we are to come out from among, but also the ‘how’. What’s more, the first verse tells us clearly why it is important, so as not to receive the grace of God in vain. We should have no unfruitful dealings with unbelievers. We are told not to fellowship with them, but rather we are told to expose their deeds. We ought to separate with idolaters and call them to worship the true and living God. The same goes for fornicators, thieves and drunkards, but this chapter is dealing specifically with idolaters.
 Ep. 5:11  I Co. 6:9-10
“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”-II Corinthians 6:16
Idols stir the jealousy of God. As image bearers of God, when we are seen worshipping idols, it is a subtle assassination attempt on the perceived character of God Himself. God has called us as image bearers (and especially we that profess faith in the Gospel) to holiness, that is separation from this world. So, does this mean we should leave the world entirely to join a monastery or nunnery and live in seclusion? By no means! We are to proclaim the Gospel to the lost and dying world. While doing this we must be separate. The answer is inside of the verse, touch not the unclean thing. We are to remain in the world being a light, that is exposing darkness. Remember it is not until we have done this that we are received by God. It is God’s desire to be as a Father to us, to correct and guide us in the truth. Can God fail? Of course not! Knowing this: isn’t it time we turn to Him?
How do we know what is an idol?
Considering that very few people these days bow before ‘graven images’ to worship them, this is a good question. The answer has been touched upon already and so can be given in a nutshell: through preaching and evangelism. As we preach against sin and call people to righteousness the Holy Ghost comes alive in us. He will lead us to all truth, as that is His purpose here on earth. The word ‘worship’ could be written, worth-ship, as it is a matter of attributing worth to something. What do you find your worth in? If it is in anything other than God Himself you have an idol.
Another consideration when considering idols is the tendency of people to follow what they see others do: monkey see, monkey do. If we understand this to be true ought we not seek to be seen doing good and magnifying God above all other things? We could look at the different idols that people have, the holidays (holy days) that they observe and could likely write a whole volume on this subject by itself. Still it is the writer’s intent here to wrap this up shortly and thoroughly in this single concept: let God be magnified! I must decrease that He may increase. Let all things be done for the glory of God!
 Ex. 34:14  II Ti. 2:19
“Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great;
God is “clothed with honor and majesty”. Still it is up to us to make that seen in this wicked world. Evangelism should first of all magnify this fact. When we attempt to make compromise with people in order to “win their soul”, we do a grave disservice to the majesty of God. Come out from among them, touch not the unclean thing. There is no human being or earthly experience which can surpass that majesty, it is this quality of God which inspires awe. If we get our worth from anything beyond what God has ascribed to us through the cross we do so in vain. If we would spend each day, each moment attempting to show others this majesty this “manner of love that the Father hath bestowed upon us…” our lives would abound in His glory! If we would focus on the mission that He has called us to, this great commission, we will surely be found (as Paul noted of the church in Thessalonica) as people who had turned from idols toward the true and living God!
The truth is, the question of ‘what is an idol?’ can be vague and perhaps this is by design. What we must do is examine our own hearts using God’s holy Word to light our path. God clearly promises to show us the way. If we just take steps towards righteousness, He will respond. Idols are like unnecessary band-aids which inhibit a wound from healing. So, when someone pushes a button, and it stirs up contention within you, consider then, could this (whatever it is) be an idol?
Friend, aside from the obvious clear Scriptural idolatry (ancestor worship, child sacrifice, and covetousness) these things must be worked out by earnest prayer. If there remains any question, is it not wisdom to err on the side of caution? Let your abstinence be a sacrifice unto the Lord! This should be our joy to spend time with Him, as He desires to be our rest. Be encouraged and walk in His light!
 I Jn. 3:1 I Th.1:5-10  Ps.119:130  Ps. 106:28  Ps. 106:34-40  Co. 3:5
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”-I John 1:7
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Well, it is likely you have heard the news. Jeff Younger, a Christian man in Texas, is currently in court and possibly will be forced to help pay for his son’s sex change operation. The couple divorced and the mother got custody of the children. The father was denied the right (by threat of incarceration) to call his son by name in front of anyone who knows him as a girl. This began at three years old: the boy is now seven.
How did we get here?
While one can’t be certain all the reasons, in particular, I would like to address the elephant in the room: gender roles and the problems which arise from their destruction. This would have been unthinkable in the society which existed in the time of the writing of the Bible. Still, the Bible is adequate to establish what should be done to solve these issues and to protect us from relapse.
“But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.”-Mark 10:6
These are the Words of Jesus. In reading the passage in context, there is much to be gleaned from this discourse. First, consider this; the idea of transgender rights or sodomite so-called marriage had not yet entered the public mind. Still, Jesus included this verse while answering a question regarding marriage. The fact is this was done on purpose as these verses are not attached in the text He quoted. It is quite possible, that Jesus was reaching far into the future with these statements. He knew what was in men that is for sure. Satan has had this day and hour planned for a long time, we are told to not be ignorant of his devices. We can be certain God is not surprised. Whatever Jesus intended in his response we certainly have authority to use His Word to battle those devices. In short, this is the solution. There is so much in this chapter, the answer is clear and abundant. Still, will the hard heart be made to hear?
So many today fill their mind with contradictory doctrine. They believe the lies told to them by news, movies and media in general over the plain truth of the Bible. “God made them male and female.” That should settle the issue, in theory, so why does the issue remain?
Because men rebel against God. The issue is settled with Him to be sure, and the rebellion of these men will last only so long. This is why, it is important to warn them and make the ‘way to escape’ clear. That said, it will take an anointing to break through the hard hearts and for this we must conduct some self-examination. In order for us to break through we must be completely set apart from the issue. So, let us examine the issue from its root to see if we still might have a toe in its dark waters.
 Mk.10  Mk.10:6-9  Gn. 1:27; Gn. 2:24  Jn. 2:24  I Co. 2:11  I Co.10:13
How did we get here?
To be sure, it was not just sodomite so-called marriage which set us on this course, but it goes deeper. Fifty years ago, sodomy was considered a mental illness, there are still laws on certain books naming it as a crime. A little over 100 years before that it was widely looked upon as demonic and was a criminal act in Western culture. Around 1864 it began to be argued that it was a hereditary condition, beginning with pamphlets written by the lawyer, Karl Heinrich Ulrichs of Germany, and continued through the efforts of journalists such as Karl Maria Kertbenny. It is telling to report, Edward Carpenter, one of the pioneers of gay activism was a “a prominent advocate of vegetarianism, overt homosexuality, anti-industrialism, women’s rights, clean air, and the value of manual labour”. He died in 1929, he was one of the early members of the Fabian socialist society. His paper “Civilization: Cause and Cure” can be found in the Anarchist Library online, he describes human society as a disease. In a brief study, it would seem the agenda has not changed from the beginning.
God established certain truths in the garden. Studying these will shine light on the darkness which has seemingly overtaken our current society. Men were commanded to work ‘by the sweat of their brow’ to provide for their families not the families of others. This is not to say men cannot perform acts of charity towards those in need, but the tenets of socialism take free will out of this equation. It could be observed that though this system touts itself as a remedy to help humanity; it instead degrades humanity by its implication that free will charity is insufficient.
Women are commanded by God to submit to their husbands. The women’s rights movement has been championed by sodomites from the beginning. Could it be from spite that the malcontents have sought to destroy the roles given by God? One thing is sure, the enemy of our souls has used these combined strategies to wreak havoc on the family. The more muddy the water surrounding the first sacrament, the more doubt can be cast on the nature of God Himself. These things hold the resonating question which led to the very first sin, “Hast God really said?”
It could be considered, that part of the problem is even deeper in history. That is in the normalization of chattel slavery. There have been volumes written by various abolitionists to decry chattel slavery as unbiblical. Still this terrible view of the word servant has never quite been eradicated. It was a common cliché, I heard when I was in a child, that women were tired of ‘slaving away’ in the kitchen. When we look at service as some sort of bondage or slavery, then naturally we should set the women free. None of these arguments will stand on judgment day. God did not intend for wives to be slaves when he told them to submit to their husbands. Remember, He also said of husbands, “love your wives as Christ also loved the church. Would we oppress Christ and treat Him as a ‘slave’ to do our bidding? On the contrary, Jesus said, “And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.” One reason we have come to the place we are; is because we have forgotten we are to serve one another.
 Gn. 3:16  Gn.3:1  Ep.5:23-25  Mt. 20:25-28
“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh,
One thing that can be observed with either of these ‘equality’ movements (sodomy and women’s lib) rights are esteemed higher than service to others. This is antichrist as Jesus gave up His rights in service of the kingdom. Another thing that has become abundantly apparent is that it is not equality that is the goal, but a reversal of the role altogether. That is, the Biblical man (at least in mainline culture) is now in subjection to the whims of women and sodomites. Ultimately, men are responsible for this cultural shift. God made them head of the household all the way back in the garden, may this never be forgotten. With the role of the husband fully neutralized our society has been filled with abortion (child murder), single parenting, sodomy and a rising problem of pedophilia.
One of the biggest sources of fodder against biblical manhood came in through the television of the sixties, seventies and even the eighties. Stereotypes of wife-beating husbands were written into so many story-lines. The call came along for easy no fault divorce, which was passed first in California in 1970. This is the breakdown of trust which most children grow up in today. This first sacrament (marriage) has been terribly defiled. The lack of commitment is so rampant, that young people don’t even want to get married anymore. It should be shocking that in our modern society we have women ‘Bishops’ in the Methodist church fighting for the right to ‘marry’ sodomites, while young people (straight) who are co-habitating, sit in the pews without shame. However, it seems mundane when looking at the case of Jeff Younger and his fight to keep his son’s manhood intact.
When the courts made divorce easy and available, it wasn’t long after abortion followed. In this, they have pushed the envelope even further from God’s standard. Though it takes a man and a woman to make a baby, the ‘choice’ is placed solely on the woman as to whether to kill it or not. This has been the lie of the land for forty-six years and counting. Sadly, in the case of James Younger, we see this perverse logic springing forth to an even darker form. James was 3 years old, when his mother decided to rename him Luna. I have no idea what led up to this decision, and it is not the intent of this article to get to into those intimate details. Still, the question at the heart of the matter is how much authority do we give one person over another? Is it not the responsibility of a parent to protect the child? If a toddler wanted to drive your car would you allow them (if it were possible)? Is not part of that protection looking ahead of them and wisely sheltering them from bad choices? How many of us have observed the phases a child goes through, what if one of those phases was permanent? would it be wise to allow this to take place?
 Ph.2:5-8  Lk. 22:42
I would put forth that the well-being and care for the child in question is not at all what is being considered here. The agenda of the ‘rights’ movement becomes clear for what it has always been. Its sights are not set on uplifting and bringing about the best good for the people in its charge, but to defeat any semblance of godliness in them. This is hard for us to discern, possibly, because those within the ‘rights’ campaigns always use love as one of their tag words. However, it is not in the interest of love that these things are being done. Love entails benevolence towards its object. It is much deeper than being polite, saying nice things, Jesus defined the greatest love as laying down your life for your friends. This is the opposite of what this movement does, it calls friends to lay down their life for it. A few years back we had the case, of Lisa Miller in Vermont. Miller was an ex-lesbian who (upon leaving the civil union, which she and her girlfriend entered into, prior to her conversion to Christianity) was forced to grant visitation rights to her ex-lover. There was evidence of child abuse, still the court overlooked this for the sake of the agenda. Miller was forced to go into hiding with the child she gave birth to, what else could she have done?
Well, here we are. I have been writing this over the course of a week, and the jury has spoken against the father, the judge on the other hand awarded joint custody. What is left for him to do? He will be forced to put his son in the hands of the psychiatrist that his ex-wife chooses. Of course, we pray that this is stopped and can only hope for resolution. I have given a brief synopsis of the history which brought us here, though much more may need to be written. At the beginning of this article, I assured you that Scripture contains enough artillery to fight this battle. Let us shift gears and get to a Biblical solution. In a nutshell, this begins and ends with repentance, but let us look closer at just what we need to repent of.
 Jn. 15:13
“Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same,
Do you take pleasure in the wicked? It is time to repent. We must repent of poor teachings which degrade the Christian virtue of service. We must encourage men to come back to their duty leading the church. This is always met with animosity, but it is a battle which must be fought and won if any ground will be won towards a return to godliness. This can be won by emphasizing the first part: the joy and benefit of Christian service. One does not need be a Pastor or have any title to serve and edify the body. On the other hand, giving the title of ‘Pastor’ to a woman is simply unbiblical. Though there are only a few verses speaking on this, the ones we have are quite clear and sufficient. Let us examine them.
“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
The woman was deceived and not Adam. There are many things which can be drawn from this verse. The general view is (while I was unable to find any hard studies on a correlation between sodomy acceptance among churches with women ‘Pastors’) and personal experience has shown the two are very connected. A woman may have a soft spot for this type of sin that the man does not share. One thing that is sure, is that giving a woman the position of ‘Pastor’ is a clear violation of verse 12. The go-to verse which those who try to defend this practice is in Galatians, let us examine this.
“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
The context is shown here to display the context of what is being said. This verse is not referring in any way to the leadership of a local body of believers. It is only strengthening our understanding of the character of Christ. God is no respecter of persons. All have sinned and all need a savior. More importantly, everyone who has been washed by the blood of Jesus is now of the seed of Abraham. To read anymore into this passage, then is clearly there, is to do a grave disservice to the whole Epistle. It was written to shine light on the darkness of Judaism which was subverting the faith of the church in Galatia. There were no women ‘Pastors’ there. If the letter to the Galatians nullified roles of gender then there would have been no reason to write the passages which exist in Corinthians, Ephesians, here in I Timothy and in Titus. Peter affirmed what Paul wrote in his own letters. For the sake of time, let us look at Titus to see the role for women in church defined.
“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
The aged women should be teachers of good things. Teach young women to be sober, to love their husbands and children. How many of us have ever considered the implications of needing to be taught to love? The Bible says it and it could be why we have such a high divorce rate (even among Christians). The modern ‘independent’ woman is not learning this; as a whole people have begun trying to make friends with their children rather than train them. Roles and duties are clearly defined, biblically speaking, and this should not be written off as something from and for another time. The changes we see in society are not good, the fruit is in fact, rotten. We must become creative in teaching women the value of their place in a home, if we are to gain any ground in this battle.
“Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants
The trouble is that once a woman has taken a position of authority it is very hard to get her to step down. God said she would be ruled by her husband. I have heard more than one, woman ‘Pastor’, say they were only doing the job because no men would do it. Yet there are men in the congregation, even more telling is when a man comes along who is qualified he is driven away quickly. There is no need for women to be Pastors. But the dire need we have is for women to teach the younger women.
We need to repent of our involvement in building up Jezebel and lay down guidelines that we would not return to this error. Think of the reformation described in the book of Ezra. Gender roles are defined clearly in the Bible, men should lead the way in restoring them in the church. This will take anointing. It will take a gentleness with the people, at the same time, sternness towards the offender. This is one of the biggest symptoms of the feminization of the church. The feminine church espouses mercy and love toward the criminal while overlooking the victim. This can be seen clearly in the issues of abortion and sodomy.
Men need to get back to their God given role which is being the pastor of their household. We need men of God to be men, to stop trying to appease women and take authority. They are to love their wives as Christ loved the church. They are to wash their wives by the Word. The Bible says if we would do this we would be presented blameless without spot or blemish. There are different mannerisms that are acceptable in men than women. Men should be trained to use righteous anger effectively. When men are taught by women they are taught to suppress it. The Bible says, be angry but sin not, this is where a man’s nobility lies, his drive to protect those he loves. Men should concern themselves with matters of justice and mercy.
 Gn. 3:16  Ea. 10:3  Ep. 5:25-26  Mi. 6:8
The young men today let their girlfriend drive. They come to abort their children and they sit in the car while the girl goes in to do the deed. They have been completely neutered mentally. If you strike up a conversation with them many times they blame the woman ‘It’s what she wants… what can I do?’ In view of these things I suppose the Younger case is not so shocking after all!
Are these issues advanced too far to return? Read Ezra. They made quite a change when they were convicted of God. It is action rendered by faith we need, rather than questions which only bring strife and discord. We need the Holy Ghost: that conviction may fall, with God all things are possible! One thing is certain if we sit back and wait for the Lord to return, things will only change for the worse. When the Lord comes, we ought to want to be found doing what He told us to do; that is preaching and teaching all that Jesus taught His own disciples to do. I can only sound the alarm, what is done with that alarm is not my responsibility. I am a prisoner of hope, I will stand in the gap, I will mourn for the abominations done in our cities. We have all we need in the Bible to turn back the advances of the enemy. It comes down to, what will you do with what you’ve been given?
 Zc. 9:12  Ez. 22:30  Ez. 9:4
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Taking a break from editing, I thought I would like to write to you, my dear reader. I have had a pressing thought in my spirit the last couple of days. It began sometime ago, while listening to an account of the life of Smith Wigglesworth. The person said that Mr. Wigglesworth had the discipline of daily communion with God, after which he would get out of bed shouting in praise to the Lord. It struck me as I am not sure I have a ten minute ‘happy dance’ in me every morning I wake up. I let it convict me a long time. I have noticed that, when approached with someone who seems to have a stronger testimony than our own, the tendency of many is to destroy their character and thereby disregard the conviction which came by result of their testimony. I was very careful not to do this, rather, I let the conviction linger.
I had a hard couple of months on many fronts. The day that the Campus closed, and the spring semester ended I was left (seemingly) without purpose. This wore on me daily, what will I do with myself through the summer? What is my purpose? I made a tough decision in going to Alaska, I sold the van I had been blessed with (which had been my home during the campus ministry) within the first seventy-two hours of arriving it seemed I had made a mistake. The drawing factor was likely not going to happen, the ‘pilot apprenticeship’ that I thought would give me a viable skill for a career disintegrated. What do I do? What is my purpose? To top that off, I had some health issues which began to plague me. I was and am eternally grateful for the hospitality of Pastor David and his family. Still, I thought on the question, am I able to praise God despite of these things in a way that brings glory to the kingdom?
I left Alaska, as I came, with hope that I was making the right decision. I ended up in Spokane which was something I had not considered, but there have been many confirmations that I am in the will of God. I found out Tuesday some of the cause of the health problems: periodontal disease has advanced. I have an appointment next month to have all my teeth on top pulled. Though this was a relief, let me go back before this week to get to the point I want to make.
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Joy unspeakable. It could have been coming here and a way opening immediately to go to Boise, something I had prayed secretly for. It could have been the fellowship in the Spirit with the Saints here in Spokane or preaching the Mormon conference and seeing the brethren there. It could have been any number of things, which brought the breakthrough. The bottom line is the breakthrough took hold I have found myself in joy in the morning, despite so much uncertainty, and even days waking up in pain. These trials are truly worth more than gold or silver which pass away. Nothing is wasted in God’s economy, the things I’ve lost (or never received) could have easily become idols, which would have gotten in the way of my relationship with God.
Sometime ago, while in Alaska, I was asked a question which caused me to remember how this ministry began. It started during a time of fasting and prayer shut in the church in which God convinced me to sell my taxicab and follow Him. I remember asking, how would I survive? God answered with a question which has resonated with ever since, “Do you trust ME?”
“Yes, Lord, I trust you.”
So, all of this has pushed me to remember who I am in the Lord. If all the campuses of America repented of their wicked ways (PRAISE GOD!) I still have an identity. My life is hid in Christ Jesus. Though I may never have the experience of being a pilot (a lifelong dream) I have much greater promise! As for uncertain circumstances I am in good company, Paul wanted to go to Spain but we see no evidence he ever made it. He spoke of many uncertainties and suffered much torment in serving the kingdom. In the face of all this Paul rejoiced! If he could do it, by the grace of God, so will I. This was God’s intent in making me: to praise Him!
 Co.3:3  I Co. 2:9-10  Rm.15:28  II Co.11:23-27
“Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.”
I have delighted myself in You Lord and You have promised the desire of my heart. I have sought first Your righteousness and Your kingdom I stand patiently waiting for You to add as You will all things to me. Breakthrough comes just after surrender, as honor comes after humility. In times past, I can see where I gave up too soon, to my own loss and shame. Time after time, I recognize the pattern, as I surrender the Lord brings the victory. This is broken, contrition, this is meekness displayed. What a day it will be to see Jesus! But woe unto us if we don’t praise Him, though we have yet seen Him.
 Ps.37:4  Mt. 6:33  Pr. 15:33  Pr. 18:12  I Co. 15:57-58  I Jn. 3:1-2  Jn. 20:29
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“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
This weekend I was blessed with the opportunity of being brought to Salt Lake City, Utah, to preach and minister outside the Mormon Conference. People come from around the world to this place as it is a rite in the Mormon religion. What better place could there be to contend for the true faith of Jesus Christ?
The conference center was surrounded at every corner with Christian witnesses. It was amazing to see people from different churches from all over the nation coming to stand for the truth of Christ. I was with the Bible believers, which is a nationwide group of street preachers. The standard answer when asked what church we are from is we are Bible believing, Bible obeying Christians. This statement catches attention because people are used to standard answers usually claiming one of the mainstream denominations. What does it mean to be a Bible believer? Read the Bible and live your life according to what it says.
“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”-Luke 6:46
Ruben Israel is one of the founders of the group and a veteran street preacher, having almost forty years under his belt faithfully preaching across America. Love him or hate him one can only respect the tireless labor he has spent for the kingdom of God. Ruben has a unique testimony, as he did not come to salvation by way of any hardship or any catastrophe as so many of us do. He was raised in a Catholic family, taught to work hard and go to church. He simply read the Bible and believed it. Upon the revelation of God, he went to his priest who told him NOT to read the Bible, to leave that to the ‘anointed’ priesthood. At the end of the meeting, he was asked, “would he be in church next Sunday?” To which he replied, yes, and showed up outside with a bullhorn and a sign. He has been at it faithfully ever since.
This was the scene on Sunday afternoon as the conference was in session and we had a break. There were three young people who came up to our group, two young Christian ladies and a young Jewish man. They had questions: naturally being the elder in the group they gravitated toward Ruben. He sat patiently and listened to the young man describe his thoughts on faith, tolerance and the normal sensitivities of our pluralistic society. He claimed, as so many do, that if one was born a Mormon we should just respect that as a valid religion, as good as any other religion. This Ruben countered with the obvious elephant in the room which is these religions contradict and only one can be right. He made the point that he was an all or nothing person and he would expect the same from any religious person.
He asked the young man the million-dollar question, which for the Jew is: since the temple has been destroyed and animal sacrifice has ceased, what do they do for forgiveness of sins? The young man stumbled for an answer very uncertain what to say. Then the heat was raised with the next question: why do you think God allowed the temple to be destroyed? The young man had no real answer.
At this point one of the two young ladies spoke up and asked a question. Ruben answered and returned the question to her: if this young man is your friend why haven’t you shared the Gospel with him? Brother Ruben said, something about how many Christians just believe that the Jews are God’s ‘chosen people’ and will go to heaven regardless. He asked if she knew what they were chosen for? She said she had often wondered about that. It was great to witness these interactions. These young people were really intrigued as Ruben explained the purpose of Israel in the bringing forth of our Lord and Saviour which led directly into the Gospel.
“And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.”-Isaiah 49:6
At this point, another man who had sat down asked if he could ask a question. He was an ex Mormon. He said he didn’t know what to believe. This is when things get real, when we come to the bottom of ourselves and realize that we don’t know the truth and at the same time recognizing our need for a savior. The enemy of our souls loves to keep the way clouded, making it seem as though there are lots of good options which can get you to heaven. Jesu cut through all of that when He said, “I am the way the truth and the life no can come to heaven except by me.”
About this time the conference was released and so it was time to get back to preaching. Brother Ruben asked me to take his banner so he could talk privately with the ex-Mormon who was seeking the truth. No agenda here this Brother sacrificed at least an hour of his time with this man. Some men would have given him a card and sent him along so they could preach, but not Ruben. I was blessed to be able to hear this brother answer dozens of questions as I was holding the banner while the people poured out of the conference center. What an amazing day!
The day before there was a similar scene where there was a Mormon dressed as Satan, another who appeared to be Catholic with the rosary beads and the St. Christopher etc. (though he claimed he wasn’t), a high ranking member of the Mormon church, and an actual Christian all standing in front of a banner that quoted Jesus saying, “Beware of false prophets!” One of the answers I heard Ruben give spoke to this. He was asked why Christians have so many Bible translations, to which he explained the devil’s tactic of misinformation.
 Jn. 14:6  Mt. 7:15; I Ti. 4
“Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.”-Psalm 97:2
People say just preach the Gospel, Christ and Him crucified, however, this has a fatal flaw; Catholics, Mormons and Muslims all claim to believe in Christ. Deeper study must be given in order to distinguish that we are talking of the Jesus of the Bible. Paul said, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” He also said, “Preach the Word”, that is the Holy Bible. There are 66 books given all of which can be used to describe the only begotten Son of God, our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. This is how we clear the smoke: proclaiming the Word. This is the smoke and mirrors that the enemy uses to deceive, it is easily seen when the blind eye is opened by faith. As it is written, “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God!”
 Ga. 1:8-9  II Ti. 4:2  Rm. 10:17
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A couple of years ago, while on a Schwinn tricycle, traveling across the United States, I wrote an article called Fifty pounds or less. It was published in a Christian magazine online. It was supposed to be a travel story but ended up being a commentary on Christian living, that is, having few attachments, etc. I was recently in the airport in Spokane, Washington and as I looked at my luggage, I was struck that in two years not much has changed. Nowadays, I could probably stand to lose fifty pounds. Still, I carry only the things that matter, things that are profitable to preaching the Gospel.
A young man asked, once, where my courage came from, I responded that the Bible is true. The Lord’s prayer reminds us an important insight into Christian living, when it says, “let Your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven”. I believe that can come in many ways, both physical and spiritual. Moreover, I believe that as we walk in faith we should acquire things as a result of our prayers. Faith is the evidence of things unseen and as we walk toward it should become clearly seen.
 Mt. 6:10
“But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”-John 3:21
The line of thought that a Christian must renounce things, taking vows of poverty etc., in my humble view, are the result of religious devils. Jesus had a treasurer, Judas Iscariot, and enough money to pilfer some without it being noticeable. So, this has never been the reason for such a lifestyle. The bottom line has always been obedience. When my taxi caught on fire in 2012 just after God said, “Sell your cab and follow me”, I began this walk of obedience. I asked God but what will I do for money? The reply was simple, “Do you trust me?” Four words that have resonated in me ever since, along with a five-word answer, Yes, Lord I trust you. Did you ever realize the value of trust?
Relationships are made or broken according to trust. Did you ever consider that the relation-ships you make here on earth are all you will take with you into heaven? I have had the opportunity to meet lots of people as I have travelled over 2500 miles on my trike (not to mention planes, trains and automobiles) as an evangelist and missionary for Christ. Out of all those people very few do I have the pleasure of saying I have an ongoing relationship. Many I pray for occasionally, and some call from time to time, but few are in my life daily, weekly or even monthly. The angels rejoice when a sinner repents, and we scarcely take notice the value in leading someone to Christ. Furthermore, we rarely look at it as the lifetime commitment that it is. Jesus, on the other hand, spent time with His disciples.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”-Matthew 6:19:22
There are very few people who really get the value of godly relationships. This was how Jesus taught, His disciples were with Him while He preached and when the crowd was gone, He answered their questions. Leading someone to Christ is much more involved than initial repentance. We must be taught as Christ taught His own disciples to observe His commandments. It is my belief these godly relationships are the one treasure we can keep eternally. Consider, how eternally grateful people will be upon realizing the truths of heaven: the joy that will be released on that day is unimaginable! On the other hand, think of how someone will look at you knowing you withheld this from them.
 Mt. 28:20
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.”-I Timothy 4:2
The Bible says we are to look for ways to benefit others. We should be careful of their reputation, and in our conversation looking continually to find something to admonish them for. Of course, we do this according to the truth (doctrine), we never encourage a person in sin. If this truth is applied from the beginning the rest will flow naturally. Perhaps, this could be why ‘reprove, rebuke’ comes first in the sentence. We, having received such grace as we have, are to become ministers of reconciliation. Helping people overcome temptation and worldliness should be our heart, as this is what the true grace of God does. How eternally grateful we will all be for the people who set aside their own agendas in order that we might see our need for Jesus! Those who regardless of the damage to their own reputation, laid it all down so that we might have an example to live by.
 I Co. 10:24  II Co. 5:18  Ti. 2:11-12
“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”-John 15:12-13
Friends be good to one another. Seek peace. It is a war and it should be no surprise when people reject your kindness. Still, we must be certain it wasn’t our own malice which caused the rejection. The pitfall seen all too often is that people have their eye on people they may want to convert and pour all their kindness into them while neglecting and even despising the Saints. Judgment will begin the household of God and so should our kindness and love. Have a wonderful day! Walk about Jesus.
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Peter Crucified Upside Down!
Simon Barjona, also called Cephas in Syriac, (Petros or Petrus in Greek), was the brother of Andrew. He was a native of Bethsaida in Galilee, and a fisherman by occupation. He lived in Capernaum, with his mother-in-law. His brother Andrew, who was a disciple of John, first brought him to Christ, and shortly afterwards he and his brother were called away from the fishery, to become fishers of men.
He was diligently instructed by Christ, his Saviour, and quickly became the spokesman of all the apostles. He was, generally, the most frank in asking and answering. He was also the most zealous for Christ, in order to prove to Him his love and fidelity, although at times he clearly was guilty of hasty actions. The Lord, like a father his child, faithfully instructed, and, whenever it was necessary, kindly reproved him.
The Lord loved him in a special manner, and permitted him, together with James and John, to witness His glory on Mount Tabor. He, afterwards, made mention to the chosen scattered strangers, saying, “We were eyewitnesses of his majesty”. He was the boldest in offering to suffer with Christ, but the weakest when the conflict began. The Lord selected him and the two sons of Zebedee, to watch and pray with Him in the garden; but his eyes as well as those of the others were heavy with sleep. This showed that though he was specially loved by Christ, he was nothing more than a weak mortal.
As for his denying Christ we shall not mention anything, as this is not the proper place for it. We purpose to speak only of his faithfulness and steadfastness until death. After the aforesaid denial, the Lord forgave him his sin, and commanded him three times to feed His sheep and lambs; which he subsequently faithfully did to the full extent of his ability.
In one day three thousand souls were converted to the faith, by his preaching. All of whom were baptized, and continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. He confirmed his doctrine through the power of God by signs accompanying the same, according to the promise of Christ, as is evidenced in the case of the lame man, Ananias, Sapphira, Eneas, Tabitha, and others. The calling of the Gentiles was revealed to him in a vision from heaven; but as he was properly an apostle of the Jews, his ministry was most effectual among the circumcision.
Since he was so excellent and worthy a man in his ministry, it pleased the Lord, that he should also be one of His martyrs. The truth of His doctrine was sealed, not only with the mouth, but also with his blood, even with his death. This the Lord showed to him shortly before His departure from this world, saying, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee. When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God.”
This was verified in him, for shortly afterwards he and John, his fellow helper, were-brought before the Jewish council in Jerusalem, and severely threatened, to desist preaching in the name of Jesus; to which they both boldly replied, "Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye". Afterwards, he was again apprehended, together with the other apostles, but by night, miraculously delivered out of prison by an angel. After that, he was not only apprehended, but, together with the other apostles, scourged and commanded, that they should not preach in the name of the Lord Jesus. But they went away from the Council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
Afterwards King Herod stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And when he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further and apprehended Peter also, and put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. But in the night the angel of the Lord led him out, through the midst of the soldiers, so that he returned to the believers, who rejoiced greatly on account of him.
Finally, according to the testimony of history, the prediction of Christ was fulfilled, and Peter glorified God by his death. While he was at Rome, he was sentenced by the Emperor Nero to death by crucifixion. But, esteeming himself unworthy to be crucified with his head upward, like his Saviour, he requested to be crucified with his head downward. The tyrants were all too willing to heed his request, in order to increase the pain inflicted upon him. This occurred, as is stated, after Peter had preached the Gospel for thirty-seven years, and when he was seventy years old.
 Mt. 4:18; 16:17; Mk. 3:16; Jn. 1: 41-42, 44; Lk. 4:31, 38  Mt. 14:31; 16:16; 18:21; Jn. 6:68; 18:10-11
 Mt. 17:1-3; II Pt. 1:16-17  Mt. 26:33, 36  Jn. 21:15-16; I Pt. 5:1-3  A.A. 2:41-42
 A.A. 3:7; 5:5,10; 9:34, 40  A.A. 10:10-12; Ga. 2:8  Jn. 21:18-19  A.A. 4:19  A.A. 5:19
 A.A. 5:40-42  A.A. 12:1  “Of the Ten Bloody Persecutions…”, The Martyrs’ Mirror, pp. 81-82
Esebius, Church History Vol. II, Ch. 25
This account of Peter is short and not having a lot of details I am fearful to add much commentary. The cruelties of Nero will be detailed in further articles, when you recognize just how cruel he was it may seem that Peter was blessed to be only crucified. There is one thing that made a deep impression, while reading this account. That is humility and a deep consideration of God’s glory. Peter showed humility and a carefulness towards the glory of God, even in his death. The writers of the Martyrs’ Mirror also showed these same characteristics in their retelling of the account. They sought to bring glory to God, highlighting God’s victories. It seems, modern Christianity has all but lost this powerful trait.
The early church had no delusions about avoiding the suffering Jesus promised. Many were converted in prisons and kept their testimony to a gruesome death. Sadly, with the gradual acceptance of Darwinian evolution, (within the church) secular humanism has also been embraced widely among professing Christians. This produces a ‘feel good’ Christianity that is so dangerous to the pure doctrine of Christ. If there is any suffering (at any level) involved in a matter, a minister of this gospel must apologize for God. They don’t want people to be offended, they produce pampered ‘Christians’.
The pampered “Christian” is antinomian at heart; grace is often spoken of, while sin is diminished. At a glance, the writing above might be misconstrued to have said this same thing. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Peter was made painfully aware of his sins and repented deeply from them. He wept bitterly. Not only did he weep, but when next he was tempted to deny Christ he overcame, though his life was apparently at stake. This is not what takes place in the life of the modern pampered ‘Christian’. The ministers of this new gospel are fearful to name people’s sins. They shrug their shoulders and say, ‘who am I to judge?’ This is backwards from the Gospel and therefore it is antichrist.
 Lk. 22:62  A.A. 5
“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
Here we have a glimpse of what will come surrounding the final days. The everlasting gospel is preached to “them that dwell the earth, and to every nation”. They make the distinction very clear: fear God, give Him glory. In direct contrast, the modern ‘pampered’ gospel fears man and seeks his glory. All worship is directed toward mankind. The crux of the teaching in the modern church is that man is made sinful, therefore, victimhood is implied regardless of whether it is spoken. The modern minister works from this and quickly descends, dragging many to hell.
Rather than covering Peter’s sin (as the writers of Martyrs’ Mirror did) the ‘pampered’ Christian ministers highlight it. They make statements like, “well you’re a sinner, but you’re no different than Peter, who denied Christ.” There was a poster going around on social media, at one time, naming the sin of Noah, David, Peter and Paul among others. It said God used them, implying that he can use us in the same way. This is true, in a sense, but needs clarification. Nothing was mentioned in the poster of repentance. To only look at the sin of these men is not only a misrepresentation of their character, but also of the character of God. This must be done to portray man as a victim. Peter made no such claims.
Look at one of his first interactions with Jesus (Luke 6). When Jesus miraculously filled the nets of the fishermen, it was Peter who fell at His feet saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, Oh Lord.” If Jesus was one of the modern-day ministers, He would have patted Peter on the back and said don’t worry it is not your fault. The text is silent on Jesus ministry to Peter but by verse 11, it says, “they forsook all and followed him”. Whatever Jesus said to Peter, it left him confident that he was cleansed from his past sins and, therefore, he was able to follow Jesus with a clean conscience.
This is a sign of godly sorrow and true repentance. To labor on the sin (which in all the cases mentioned was few in comparison to the obedience these same men displayed) is nothing more than an attempt to glorify the creature over the creator. This is what evolutionary humanism does. This was the goal of Satan from the beginning, to sit in the seat of the Most High.
Remember what the writers of the Martyrs’ Mirror said: “We purpose to speak only of his faithfulness and steadfastness until death”. This was the pattern of the early Christians, and it should be understood, that the nature of Christianity has never changed. There are those who display virtue who have no true relationship with the Father. That said, in order to have a relationship with the Father one must have virtue.
“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.”-James 2:20-23
The early church was careful to remember this balance. We are not saved by what we do, but what we do is governed by our faith. They never looked at the Gospel from the standpoint of a salesperson. They understood it as a natural result of considering our own souls’ eternal destination. This humbling fact will bring clarity in thought and can change a life: once to die and then judgment. It is heaven or hell that is being decided by the actions or inaction of our short lives here on earth.
The modern attempts at preaching the gospel fall short even in this. Modern ministers rarely mention hell or heaven for that matter. They instead try to make vain promises of what God will do for you here on earth. They may speak often of healing, or financial blessings, but seldom do they make a person consider heaven or hell. If one has not considered first heaven and hell; then, they cannot truly know the love of God and the life abundant promised. Consider when Jesus rebuked the people who had been miraculously fed, many of his disciples left unable to consider the hard sayings. But when He turned to the twelve, it was Peter who said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life”. Rather than making people feel better about themselves, this is the result we should be striving for: evidence that the person you are ministering to has had an experience with the true and living God!
When we drudge up the sins of another saint (especially one that is long dead), we dishonor the forgiveness of God. God says He remembers it no more and if we are conforming to His image, we will do likewise. What message are you portraying to the person you are trying to win? Will they not see that if you won’t let another’s person’s sins be forgotten, you won’t forget theirs either? Mudslinging the saints is a wicked practice and so many in the modern church are guilty of it. It is time we get back to giving honor to whom honor is due. Peter’s godliness and virtue far surpassed his sins. Jesus wants to forgive us for our sins and much more than that if we would take heed of His grace.
 Lk. 5:8  Is. 14:12-15  Jn. 6:26-27  Jn. 6:66  Jn. 6:53-54  Jn. 6:68
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
“That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
There are so many issues within modern society which come against the very nature of God and His plan for the salvation of mankind. Yet, you would never know it by listening to the preaching in America. Some may acknowledge these things as true brushing it aside as things which ‘must come to pass’ for God’s Word to be fulfilled. Still, how many feel the burden for the Word of the Lord? Is it possible to feel this burden and remain silent while these things take place? If you are part of a schism in the body, can you be certain that you are, in fact part of the body?
“And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.”-Ezekiel 9:4
The martyrs felt this burden and were glad to take part in the suffering of the body. They chose to “suffer affliction with the people of God,” rather “than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” What of the church in modern day America? Sadly, we see at least as many “Christians” defending Islam as those denouncing its violent ways. They do this out of a poor understanding of the love of God. It is in no way ‘loving’ to allow an idolater to go on in their idolatry. The same thing can be said of the sins of homosexuality, transgenderism and abortion. God spoken very clearly on these issues, and yet many mainline denominations are voting against God on these issues.
 Hb. 11:25
“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.”-Isaiah 58:1
The pattern of the Apostles preaching was simple. They pointed out the transgression of the people. When the people were thoroughly convinced of their crimes, they cried, “What must I do to be saved?”
We have no precedent from the book of Acts to tell people that God loves them. Love is much better understood when shown rather than spoken of. So, it is better to tell a person the truth, while reminding them of the mercy of God, as Jesus said, the truth will set you free.
There are churches who march with sodomites in their “Pride Parades”. Can anyone really say these churches are not part of the schism Paul mentioned in I Corinthians 12? These churches will curse a preacher of righteousness, they obviously do not ‘sigh or cry for all the abominations that be done’. Can they truly trust that Jesus will save them from their sins on judgment day? Will God allow them to go on forever blaspheming His name and strengthening the hand of the wicked? Is there not a set day of justice and judgment? Why are we not calling these churches to repentance? Could it be we have not considered the suffering they are headed to, more importantly to which they are leading others?
There are transgenders in the public library all over America. Those of us who stand against these things are slandered day and night. Sadly, the most seething statements come from those who profess to know Christ. The least of these, the children of this nation, need protection from these brute beasts and yet there seems to be more consideration for the beasts. As one who has felt the pain of slander and rejection, this article is being written from a deep sense of compassion towards them that profess Christ and defend monsters. The very Word of God is standing firmly against these professions, for “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”
This should cause a suffering in a saint, as well as, righteous indignation, that is a holy anger. This is an anger that is not rooted in vengeance; it is not a result of our own rejection, nor the ensuing persecution which often comes from standing against the world. It is grounded fully in the love of God and a deep sense of contending for His Name. This is what David describes as a “perfect hatred” in Psalm 139. Consider what Jesus said about having a single eye, that is a solitary focus on the Gospel.
 Ti. 1:16
 Ez. 36:22
 Ps. 139:21-22
“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
Take heed—be careful, this admonition is just as strong as the one we gave from Paul earlier in this article. If we are not careful, we will find ourselves part of the schism that is dividing and rendering the apparent body of Christ seemingly powerless. To be clear, in the words of Paul in his first letter to Corinth, Is Christ divided? No, those who take part in these schisms in the body will find themselves without an excuse on judgment day. God hates those that sew discord among brethren so much so that he calls it an abomination above the other six things He declares to hate. Those who truly love God will obey Him; they will feel the burden for His Word, and they will suffer with those who are suffering at the hands of the world.
As the martyrs are being killed in faraway lands for holding fast the Name of Jesus, so are the least of these being senselessly murdered in abortion centers right in our neighborhoods. The true saint of God will not remain, for long, oblivious to either one. They are our neighbors; they are those for whom Christ died. God is calling for us to stand in the gap for them. If we love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength we will hear this call and act accordingly. This is loving our neighbor as ourselves.
Why is the church silent? Because most of the church today is not actually part of the body of Christ. Much of today’s teaching looks down at suffering as if it is somehow ungodly. They give lip service in honoring Christian martyrs, but they quickly dismiss any notion that they may be called to suffer like them. Instead of focusing on the equipping of saints (as Jesus taught His own disciples) they instead teach financial courses or relationship advice or any number of distractions which have replaced true holiness. No one is really called to come out from among the world. So, when persecution arises among the saints the majority goes right along with the world.
Why is the church silent? Because they are taught that it is okay to live in daily sin. Jesus never taught this. He preached very clearly; and we should understand it to be one of His staple statements, that if our eye causes us to sin it is better to pluck it out! When people are living in daily sin, they have no power to stand against the sins of others. Yet this is clear, as it is written in Matthew, “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's thy brother's eye.” If we would rightly divide this chapter, we would take this as a commandment. The same chapter tells us that only those that do the will of God will enter heaven. Active sin stifles the anointing of God and hinders the ability to make any lasting change in the world or society.
Why is the church silent? Because many do not really walk in the belief that they have been cleansed of their former sins. We see this often while ministering at the abortion mills, those who have been involved in an abortion (either had one or paid for one) are often the most critical of the ministry. This is because of the guilt they feel whenever the subject comes up. The fact that they feel this guilt is evidence that they have yet to truly give it fully to Christ that they may be forgiven. This guilt creates an ungodly pity for the sinner which works against true compassion. This ungodly pity was likely at the root of Absalom’s rebellion (read I Samuel 13-15). King David was compromised by the sin he had fell into with Bathsheba, so much so, that when Amnon raped his own sister David was unable to carry out the proper judgment upon him. This caused a root of bitterness to form in Absalom which we never see any evidence of healing. Had David carried out justice swiftly, perhaps the whole rebellion would have never happened.
Hope deferred makes the heart grow sick, and this ungodly pity denies many of hope. This sickness effects both the victim, and the perpetrator of the crime. It should be obvious how it denies the victim resolution, let us look at the latter. The law of God is written on our heart evenly. Considering this truth, we should understand that shame and guilt are a reality to anyone doing wrong. They must suppress this truth in unrighteousness or yield in repentance. The latter is the only hope they have towards true healing. When this healing is avoided for too long the heart becomes hardened, and those with hard hearts produce others just like them.
 I Co.1:13
 Pr. 6:16-19
 I Pt.1:9
“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”-Ecclesiastes 8:11
This is the reason we cry out in the streets! All day long they blaspheme the Name of God and make a stumbling block of His great mercy. Jonah said, “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.” The blood of Jesus is able to cleanse ALL sin, so he who covers his sin is not wise. It is better to confess and forsake our sins that we might meet Jesus at the cross. Why is the church silent? Because this is not the forgiveness that is being taught inside her walls. They have sold the truth for a form of godliness and vain philosophies of men. We are told to buy the truth and sell it not! Learn the truth and let it make you free!
If you are truly free, you will contend for the faith as your eye will be single. You will love God and your neighbor! You will be willing, per the martyrs’ example, to lay down your life for that truth. This is the legacy they left to us, what will we leave behind? Why is the church silent? She isn’t she is speaking and all who have ears to hear are standing in response. It is time to come out from among this wicked world. It is time take your rightful place in the body of Christ!
 Jh. 2:8
I am only a brother...
Can I tell you about my elder brother Jesus?