Finding the Truth.

 

 

Finding the Truth

 

While rewriting the introduction to my book, I started the morning by looking at headlines in my emails which in most part was simply reruns of liberal fake news, and the conservative habit of helping the liberal’s distribution of their propaganda.  We fail to research who actually wrote the story, that is when they actually ascribe their name and date to it.  We fail to do the proper research for the truth.

We, at times, simply trust in sources that we have followed because they posted a story that was pro-conservative or pro-patriotic, and are not what they make themselves out to be.  We need to research who made the original post, and get to know the credibility of truth, otherwise we are simply and blindly falling victim to a liberal scheme to distribute bits and pieces of propaganda.  Infiltration of our ranks is rampant and very effective.

Research is a necessity of finding the truth.  Otherwise we only have a subjective truth which may only be truth to the writer’s ego, or a half-truth at best.  It is really quite hard to research truth, and remain objectionable.  The human nature has too many appetites for objectionable rational deduction in finding the truth.

This book has a primary purpose of encouraging and challenging all citizens, not simply the conservatives, patriots, and Biblical Christians to objectionably do their own research for the truth.  To stand up, wide awake, and bravely face the opposition, and the human comfort appetite, and seek the truth.

This book will most likely fall victim to opposition’s accusations of being a “conspiracy theorist” madness, but that is okay, as long as people are able to read it, and seek the truth.  My objective is to stop liberalism that has shattered our nation and splintered our Christian faith, through evil corruption.  And is easily found with research from the time of our second president, John Adams. The rest of our presidents left the feeling of a twinge of corruption in some degree, if nothing more than seriously failing to enforce the Constitution, which all but a few have failed to do properly.

Regardless of their good, failing to fulfill their oath of office, to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States and to enforce its mandates is actually a reason to question if they were free of corruption.  Great Americans like Jefferson, Madison, all the way to Lincoln failed to end slavery and the slave trade, without compromising the Constitution by an Act, which failed to uniformly put our black brothers and sisters on an equal basis, with equal rights, and equal access.  And after the coming of power of the Republican-Democrat Party against the Federalist, and Whigs, political party ideologies bred corruption to remain in power at the expense of We the People.

Corruption overshadowed our politicians, and a lot of pandering for votes went on, even with the most well intended politician.  Because after John Adams it seemed foundational, that government was to control the people not to serve the people.  Political manipulation still abounds, and continues to move forward, however, the majority of the people were rocked by political manipulation with the election of Barrack Hussein Obama.  Since then it has been a bloody war just to keep our nation free and the Constitution intact.

The splintering of our Christian faith started with small superficial fractures within the denominations, and enhanced with the Atheist persecution of those who believe in God, Jesus Christ, and the Bible.  The works of liberalism soon created big cracks between the denominations, and the denominations and Christians who sought public opinion over biblical doctrine.

The sermon yesterday was given by a professor of theology at the Malaysia Baptist Seminary.  His academic accomplishments are outstanding and he is visiting our pastor as a stay-over before a three-week seminar as he is working on his Doctorate.

He based his sermon on the scriptures from the book of Deuteronomy, Chapter one: Verses 6 – 8., “6) The Lord our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:  7) Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the seaside, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates.

8) Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land before you: go in and possess the land which and Lord sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.”

The young Asian professor equated it to his call to be a Missionary to Nepal.  Not unlike many Christians who know the experience of a genuine call, will tell a tale of getting ahead of God, God seems to bring us to a spot, in our commitment to the ministry, and then says to us: it’s time to take a break, and drink a cup of water, and ready yourself to go forward when I say it is time.  Well, in many cases while waiting on God to prepare us to move, we find ourselves in a comfort zone.

However good (excellent) his sermon was, it was inspiring my grey-cells in a more subjective way.  It fit into what I was considering and researching while writing my book, and how this scripture is relevant to my opinion, so, the following is not his sermon but my thoughts as the scriptures may apply to my opinion.

 

The churches comfort zone; especially in America where it is easy to fall into a social comfort zone, and our churches are quite prone to be victimized by our human nature, a comfort zone of preaching, and a comfort zone of playing church.

The more comfortable we become, the more we don’t want change, and then throw in a bit of persecution to move us a bit out of our comfort zone, and our comfortable social standing in the community.  Yes, there was a period of time when successful job resumes included the standing of “Deacon” or Elder, or some ministry in the church, it’s true, social standing in the community which included being a model Christian was – well a feather in the hat, so to speak.

Our Seminaries are pumping out liberal Christian theologians at an alarming rate, and conservative theologians are focused on “how to grow a big church” over how to serve and involve God’s people in the work of the church, and of how to be a good witness for Jesus.  They have a mind-set that to grow a mega church, the church must be politically correct and socially acceptable.  Phooey!

For the past several years I have posted studies on the Seven Churches of Asia Minor, as found in the book of Revelation, Chapter one – three.  It is time the church started to listen to Jesus Christ the head of the church, with ears that hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

God gave America to the Christian church as a safe and secure harbor, for us to prepare the church to move forward, however, the church has not been paying attention, and found in this safe and secure place, (the overwhelming flourishing of the faith), a place to rest with little persecution, and it became our comfort zone and a place for our human appetites to flourish as well, and flourish they have.

Over the past four or five decades the church started to get buffered some, and the people were nudged from their place of comfort.  With each nudge, there was a vacuum and as ever slight it may have been it was filled with secularism, that fine hair-line crack which over the past couple of decades has managed to splinter the church.  Instead of taking the biblical doctrines to the community, we compromised those sacred doctrines so the world could corrupt the church, first with the church leadership, then the people.

Jesus told Niodemus the Pharisee of the Sanhedrin, who inquired of Jesus about how to get to heaven, and Jesus said “Ye Must be ‘BORN AGAIN.’”  what is more commonly taught in liberal theology today is that through our kind deeds and good works, God’s infinite grace, that everyone will be taken to heaven, or everyone will be saved.

It is my studied opinion that God set his arm against sin, all sin, and as soon as the preachers started to compromise on the sin issue it would not be long before the biblical doctrine of salvation would be compromised and the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, would no longer be sufficiently necessary in redemption.  That redemption would be more of an entitlement of mankind.

Redemption ONLY come by Repentance of Sin, Confession of Sin, Accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior and a personal commitment for follow Him.  The biblical doctrine of salvation is this, … By the grace of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, we are saved.  That is why the Christian worships in the spirit, and in thanksgiving.

I have mentioned in my book and in other writing and sermons, a wonderfully gifted and anointed preacher, Dr. Sheppard of Wales, who said in one of his sermons to those of us gathered together at the Music Evangelism Foundation’s annual conference in Colorado Springs.  Pastor Sheppard, said: “The little sins of great men become the great sins of little men.”

It is my studied opinion, that the corruption of politicians, becomes the corruption of the people.  I believe corruption in any form or degree is sin, sin against the citizens of the nation, and sin against God.  The “eye-wink” corruption of our elected officials; be it at the local, state, or federal level, is the little sins of the politicians, and it’s okay for them to fudge a little bit, according to political correctness.  However, if the same behavior is from the citizens it is not acceptable, unless you belong to the liberal Democratic party.

Liberalism as we know it today is corrupt and evil.  Liberalism has effected Christianity as well as the citizens of the United States.  It has nearly destroyed the Constitution, through using congressional loop-holes created by the corrupt to skirt the parameters of the Constitution to create case law and congressional law, that is as unconstitutional as hanging a fellow without due process.  Yet it becomes law, and simply is the ignition point of the out of control corruption in our politics, and in our Christian churches.

Liberalism attracted Christians of all denominations who were suffering from superficial persecution.  Being called some sort of phobic or forcing our religion upon people, is not glamorous and uncomfortable but no reason to corrupt the Bible, and Jesus, to be politically correct to avoid the name calling, and frivolous ACLU lawsuits.  COULD IT BE, that God is still in the process of enabling us to move forward when he is ready to give us the order to move?   What God has now is an unprepared Christianity to be witness to 600 people groups who have not been given the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  In other words, we, as Christians, are actually moving backwards in America.

God has been calling us away from our comfort zones for a long time, but we found our comfort zone and have always been unprepared, unprepared as US citizens, and as biblical Christians.  And we wonder why we are in the condition we are in.  We in our comfort zone seem to be shocked to hear from God – in liberal churches the people are shocked that God has finally said stand on your feet and walk.  People are shocked to hear preachers address the sin problem in the church, at times they are so shocked they fire the pastor for pointing out the sins of the congregation.  People it is time to listen, if you are Christian or not.  Corruption is what it is, and don’t take the word of corrupt politicians, that they are actually representing you, they are not, some are and since the election of Trump we see more and more self-serving corrupt politicians being exposed.

If you want to live in freedom, and have the opportunity to be happy and pursue your American dream you need to realize as the citizens … the We the People … have to wake up and understand the sin of corruption and liberalism has put us into a comfort zone, and we need to move from under its evil spell and move to where it is uncomfortable, that is still your choice.

For the Christian, many have found a comfort zone in liberalism, easy church, you really need to wake up and revisit your salvation, you need to reestablish the Authority of God’s word in your life, listen to what God says to us in his word, make his word your infallible, inerrant word – His revelation of who He is and What He expects, otherwise we have no concept of how we should walk with Him.  Liberal pastors will have to give an account to God for the ones who just think they are saved, if indeed the pastor is saved.  Liberal theology is heresy at best, and does affect you’re your salvation.

It is not me to judge anyone’s salvation, but I am concerned about its validity if it is not within the prerequisites of scripture.  It is my studied opinion that a born-again Christian cannot accept liberal theology.

Dr. Sheppard also said this: “If you don’t believe any part of the Bible you cannot believe any of it.”  A Christians cannot pick and choose even to misuse the Bible to their liking, it is either all true or none of it is true.

Corruption has been the little sins not being addressed because of fear.  Integrity is doing the right thing in spite of fear.  Just thought that I would include that for our non-Christian friends, who really want to make a difference, who really want freedom, who really want and cherish the opportunity to pursue life, happiness, and their American dream enough to move our nation out of the comfort zone of no values, no ethical policies, hit and miss constitutional rights, to become a slave to globalism.  Globalism will not produce peace, will not improve climate change, because it will be ruled by people who think more of their human appetites, and live in the deadly sins for the world to live in peace.

If I am wrong and liberalism is true; at the end of the day, I have nothing to lose.  If I am right and liberalism is wrong; at the end of the day liberalism has eternity lost.

Thanks for reading,

R.S. Helms.

Liberalism is a Mental Disorder

 

 

 

 

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LIBERALISM A MENTAL DISORDER

 

COULD IT BE… that liberalism has become a severe mental disorder?  Yes, it is my studied opinion that it has.  We need not go any further back in time, the origin of ‘globalization’ and the failed League of Nations, which had absolutely no cooperation from the member nations, in stopping the Second World War, or what some refer to as “The Great War.”

After the Allied Nations put that one to bed, the same cry for a world peace organization arose, but what to do about it became the question, after the failure of the League of Nations.  So, the Apex of power colluded over the question to find some sort of global league to ensure sustainable global peace.

What happened, was perhaps well intended, but has evolved into a global socialist organization, which some people call “One World Order,” and that very-well may be, however, I prefer what it actually is at this point, “Global Socialist Union” which has evolving power over the constitutions of the worlds nation.

What started out seemingly a good thing, has evolved into an evil tool for Satan and his hosts to rule the world.  Liberalism and socialism has been his tools since before they were even a concept of rule, and were designed to control mankind.  Satan has used the appetites of the depraved human nature to capture man’s soul.

Therefore, what we have termed as a mental illness would be better defined as an evil delusion; just as God has said he would do, that he would send a strong evil delusion upon humankind.  It is apparent that such is the case due to the actions and behavior of the intended subjects.

First, I once again, draw your attention to the “Seven Deadly Sins.”  Then, seven in Proverbs, (Pr.6:16-17). Ga. 5:19-21, and Re. 21:8.  All toll they add up to a grand total of 38, and given the whole Bible we will assuredly find beaucoup more. Too many more, however, these 38 seem to be embedded into the very fabric of our corrupt politicians; and it is little wonder that he has used them to apply the vile depraved delusion to the minds of liberal Americans.

To the minds of the millennials who have been fed a daily five-course meal of liberalism from the time that the babysitter turns on the TV to do the babysitting, oh yes, it does continue through the primary and secondary public schooling, while the latch-key time after school became the normal routine until the poor child is sent off the liberal college.

Mind you that this started out slowly as being an acceptable method of raising a child.  Because the greed which had become quite natural to the depraved human nature, as “keeping up with the Jones’” became the trend, and keeping ahead of the curve socially was in-vogue.

As Christians in the 60s until the present we simply stood back and opened the door to an evil, Satanic attack known as liberalism; not only on our nation’s moral integrity, but to the principles which has made this nation the greatest in global history.  However, I blame shallow Christians who slowly compromised the faith.  That slow compromise, like the snowball effect it has reached its maximum size and weight and is ready to blow apart before it reaches the bottom of the hill.

Liberalism fell under a global delusion that has eaten most of the brain away, leaving the victim looking like a shag-nasty politician, thinking that moral values do not apply to them, and they lost their integrity before it had a chance to develop.  Leaving the victim acting and talking like they are suffering from some sort of stupid, completely detached from any sort of reality, and it is getting hard to tell any of them apart; simply because they all sound alike … with the same message.

A prompted message of stupidity, which leaves one thinking just how dumb was the constituency that managed to vote them into office, although some of the more stupid remarks have managed to come from the liberal federal judges.  Just simply read some of their “stop Trump” briefs that they have filed.  Not even trying to camouflage the bias, non-legal opinions, instead of basing their brief on law they make it up as they fly over the coo-coo’s nest.

We do not have to list them, although Schumer, Pelosi, Waters, Brown, Ryan, McCain, and a couple of RINOs who are just as worthy of the mental condition is beyond help, some have passed beyond the vail of insanity into simply stupid loud-mouthed traitors conspiring to make the US a member nation to the new Global Socialist Union.

I have a little thing that says “Gone Squatchin,” and it is how I am starting to feel.  Might as well go Squatchin because even the --Gone Squatchinconservative pages, FB Friends, and Tweeter are posting the same mems and making the same statements.  I do love each one of them and I will hit like, even comment and repost some of, but it seems the real conservative Christian is simply not being heard in Washington DC, only when they are looking for more money for some campaign project or fake promise is the only time that I get email from any of them.

Liberalism has done its number on our young people, now called millennials our liberal school system on the federal level have sold them a real bill of goods, while dumbing them down they have made anti-Christian zombies out of them… (not all of them many, are good people).

Liberalism has broken Christianity with many denominations turning to liberal theology, or even liberation theology.  Why the big compromise?  Shallow Christians who like to claim they are Christian and are not, people who want so hard to be accepted socially, that they are willing to compromise on their trust in the Bible, but would rather put their trust in some charlatan charismatic motivational liberal speaker, and to heck with Jesus or the Bible. whatever makes Christianity easy.

In today’s climate, being a conservative Christian is hard, if you believe in the Bible as being the living Word of God. We are targeted by the trendies be them on the homosexual bandwagon, or the save the Muslim world band wagon, maybe you blamebible-american-flag all our major issues such as illegal aliens, or illegal thugs from the black hoods, on Christians who are intolerant of such evil slime-bags, with their gangs, and absolutely vile behavior of the want-a-be homo, or maybe the Muslims who want to turn our nation into another sand-pit from hell.

Well, just keep following after the liberals who want to kill each other, over drugs, and Mohammad following goats, they look like a goat when they yell and scream in protest to change our legal system to one that mutilates young girls, beats women, and rapes women when they are not cutting off someone’s head or burning them alive.  Liberalism believes laws are for everyone but them, like some of our politicians, where a traitor is made a hero, and they spit in the face of our wounded military returning home.

Keep following the flag burning protestors who are blocking traffic and tearing up people’s cars, hell, beating up people, killing police, burning down their neighborhoods, looting and burning their business’ that serve them; that is as long as some vile evil old socialist billionaire keeps shoveling out the money to the liberal community organizers.  And this is the land of the free who elects a half-breed from Kenya who happened to excel in “community organization” then plays the game to implement his own Deep State to obstruct anything his successor tries to do to make this the country it once was … independent, sovereign, and a Christian nation,

big foot 000Sort of makes me want to go squatchin, because liberalism here in America has made the quantum leap to being a mental condition and I for one am really tired of hearing from them on the fake media.  Going Squatchin… anyone want to come?  We can chase a Squatch, while the crazy liberals self-destruct

 

Thanks for putting up with my rant… and should you feel like it please send this to one of the fake news outlets in your area.Baby Expressions

 

R.S. Helms.

 

Standing Up For The USA

Operation Expose

 

I don’t know about you but for me I am going to not repost all this crap against trump like we are trying harder to defend Trump who really can handle himself.  What the Trump supporters need to do is focusing our energy in an all-out attack campaign against the visible Democrats, and personally against Obama, and his shadow government, Soros, as the most important financial supporter of the shield groups, individuals in the press, and like Shepard Smith, and the hacks that are always running their mouths on the MSM including Fox News.  Individuals in congress, like McCain, McConnell, Graham, Ryan, and the Democratic leadership, individual Muslim Activists, CAIR, Muslim Brotherhood, Liberal politicians on the state level and all establishment supporters.  We Elected Donald Trump, so now is no time to stick your head in the sand. No, it is time to stand up and let America Know who we are.  Those of us who are willing to fight the fight over the internet to start with.  One thing I did when I joined the Army in 1958 was to take an oath, and as far as I can tell that oath did not have an expiration date.

I hope I can get some support from my friends on FB, Tweeter, and those who read my blog, to start pushing back when they open their mouths, not the paid protesters, they destroy themselves, but like I stated above the leaders, financiers, organizers, and the Obama Shadow Government, all of which are tied to or committing sedition at the least, if not treason against the United States.  Thinking they are above the law, or privileged because they are a celebrity or politician.

To me, all those who are opposed to Trump are opposed to the United States being a sovereign nation, and opposed to being strong, and secure.  They have had their ‘above the law attacks on the United States, and it is time they all be called out on their attempt to intimidate Americans into silence while they destroy us.

We need to expose those leaders and organizers who would do harm to our nation and ANY citizen or the constitution.  To be real honest, it is my studied opinion that FDR and the charter for the United Nations we have been speeding towards a socialist union, however, over the past four presidents we have accelerated that process, to the point that 40% of the citizens have been brainwashed to the point that they march dressed up like a giant vagina with their pink vagina hats, talking like gutter trash, really? they shame themselves.  Delusional about some sort of fairytale land of utopia, and folks you can’t make up some of the stuff they are doing.

But the ones I want, are their leaders, and two are in my immediate range… McCain, and Obama.  They are traitors and need to be exposed and made accountable for what they do.  Soros is in trouble from several countries and here at home for voter fraud and election manipulation, major league.

Nevertheless, if there is ten ways to overthrow the United States there is at least ten ways to stop it.  but one thing, one advantage the liberals have over us is their willingness and their bravery to keep the conservatives cowering in a dark corner.  We have the numbers, the power, political power, and true smarts to put a hard stop to it all, we most of all have a law and order president who will have our backs.

Over this past election cycle, I have noticed my friends on the internet, engaged in action that the left, and anti-Americans want us to engage in, and they lead us around like the Pied Piper going yippy skippy through the Daffodils.  We have reduced ourselves to gutter bottom feeding language and spins, that are useless, but take care of some of the frustrations that I am sure we all have in common. But worse of all we have allowed political correctness to be used as a weapon against us.  Problem is, classless profanities really just helps them make their same point time and time again.

We need to clean it up and use the dictionary for the needed adjectives, we need to stop responding (I know it will be hard) to the trolls and agitator activists who seem to embed themselves in all our conversations, putting us on defense when we should be on a very aggressive attack.  We need to attack unannounced on individuals of the leadership or celebrities, politicians, news people, CEOs, Billionaires, and academics by name and by their ideologies, it is time to call a liberal treasonous phony out and expose them…

If we want to see our president succeed we need to take some of the flak so he and his staff can get on about business.  If we create the issues then the attention will be on that issue, and not on what Trump is doing.  It is a strategy that Obama was well versed in keeping people off balance and not focused on what he is doing on a daily basis.  Why do you think he went to play gulf on the weekends?  When his action broke the news, he was not in the office, and when things happened he was not visible. Like he used to tell us: ‘I didn’t know anything about it until I read it in the Newspaper.’

Some people called him dumb, but he was very smart, as an operative for Soros and the UNs Global Socialist Union.  Our RINO establishment traitors were helping him all along, and now the only thing I would ask of him, would be to have all his cabinet start enforcing the law.  With the protesters, illegal aliens, Muslim refugees, the border wall, but mostly the stop them in their tracks enforcement of the law, no questions asked, unless a rogue cop steps over the line, then let the department handle it, as a matter of fact, one of the best ways to gain the trust of the communities is the police doing their jobs and getting rid of the few bad cops.  A bad officer who is really dirty, don’t get a second chance, he is gone.

But we need to organize and activate operation exposure, keep it going until congress starts to take care of pulling the plug on the swamp, … now that is a sound that I really want to hear.  But the sound I most likely will hear is the sound of clicking the unfollow button.  But that is okay you can fight according to the rules that the liberals set for you, for me and my house I will first serve the Lord, then my Nation from where I get my freedom.  Remembering, that with each of our rights and freedoms there is a requisite, you have to accept the responsibility and be ever ready to be accountable to our once great moral values.

 

Thanks for simply reading this post.

R.S. Helms       rshelms.com – Bob’s Opinion

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Corrupt Politics– Corrupt Church

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It’s Time To Make the Church Great Again!

Some backbone needed! … Apply at the Cross of Jesus.

As I go through the email each day, I have started to eliminate 95% of it, because the election is over and the people have chosen President Elect Donald Trump.  Nonetheless, the Mainstream Media (including Fox, TownHall, and the almost forgotten Blaze of the GB network), simply have the conservative Social Media, in most part simply going over the manufactured news, time and time again, and the more it goes forward the more fake it becomes.  People need to simply see that liberal socialism is in serious trouble in the nation, and just make a stand for making America great again, then simply commit to boycott the organizations and business’ that keep this crap alive.  If you do not react to their mindless stupidity, their evil values.  Stop watching the liberal BS on TV they will not win.

For conservative fundamental Christians, we absolutely must drop the anxieties of the world; grow some spiritual backbone, because the Church of our Lord Jesus is in serious liberal trouble as well.  Nevertheless, Jesus left us some wise counsel on how to deal with the broken church. 

This is a sermon which I preached Sunday before last, and it brought a good response of true Christians, that I am posting it as an obligation of request.

Excited about what God is going to do with the Christian church

in our nation…

Sermon Preached by Rev. R.S. Helms… 11-20-2016– Community Baptist Church.  W. Monroe LA.

There are some things that Christians should not talk about in church, or so it would seem.  One is the vile godless condition of our political front.  It is like a septic pool filled with toxic poison, that draws wretched mankind to drink of that poison, thinking that it is a fountain of utopia, a mystical world of bliss and peace; heralded by the enticing evil wicked beckoning call of the Sirens.

The nation has been under spiritual attack for a long, long time.  and politics is perhaps, the number one thing that has been polluting the pool.  Politics has been growing more and more corrupt and vile.  But it did not get that way on its own, remember, this nation started out with an overwhelming majority of Christians, escaping the rule of the British Crown and the Anglican Church.  They came in hope and promise of their religious liberty, which became a stumbling block to the accelerated corruption of a progressive government.  The Christian values that put character in the very fiber of this nation. soon stood in the way of the political corruption’s progress.

The Christian church was listening to the choir on Sunday morning and for the rest of the week they were listening to the seductive call of the Sirens beckoning the saints to die in the septic pool of corruption, and that is what I would like to address this morning, and time is slipping by.

The intent of the message this morning is for you to look forward with an excited expectation of what God is going to do in his church across this nation, nonetheless, it requires committed and dedicated Christians to do the work.

It is what we may not see that is killing us.  From what I see, Community Baptist Church, is a wonderfully blessed church, we have a pastor who truly loves the Lord and his people and solid in his biblical doctrines – he preaches the word in truth and in the Spirit, the people are not all stuffed with narcissistic pride.  You, and look around you, you are real people who love the Lord Jesus, just regular people who love the Lord gathering together in such a sweet fellowship, and we are not alone, there are many more such churches just like us, we are of the majority in our denomination.  But sometimes, it is the things that we don’t see in the Christian church that is dangerous to us.  So, first the list of the churches of Asia Minor, two of which, Jesus had no quarrel with, he had no condemnation, only commendation, …

Revelation, chapters 2-3. Please. … if you will.

I love this church, and our Pastor Danny, and I find this church is more like the church at Philadelphia, only commendation, no condemnation, so this morning the Lord simply had me stop by on my journey, and give a caution, a caution to watch, and be very careful for we are headed for some good times and some rough times, as I believe God has something great for us to be part of, the revival and restoration of his people the church of Jesus Christ.

  1. Jesus gives us a warning.

The first three chapters of revelation is where Jesus connects the beginning of the end, to the end of the church age, that time from the forming of the church, which took place at the ascension of Jesus.  The seven churches represent seven actual churches, and metaphorically the church throughout time as it cycles through these conditions.  It is used for the local church, and each individual Christian as they are the church.

The Seven Churches of Asia Minor and what they were noted for:

  1. The church at Ephesus – The Loveless Church –loss of motivation, but mostly the loss of their love for Jesus.
  2. Smyrna – The persecuted church – good works, and poverty for Christ’ sake. – No Condemnation.
  3. PergamosThe Compromising Church faithful to Christ – but Tolerance of those promiscuous persons who taught the doctrine of Balaam and the Nicolaitans.
  4. Thyatira The Corrupt Church – Tolerant of the false prophetess Jezebel and her wicked practices.
  5. Sardis – The Dead Church – A reputation for life but, in reality, were dead.
  6. Philadelphia – The Faithful Church – faithfulness to the word of Christ… no Condemnation
  7. Laodicea – The Lukewarm Church – They were neither hot nor cold, and were sickening to the Lord.

These are the church conditions; the churches are both historical and typical.  They refer primarily to the actual condition of the several churches indicated, and now are intended to be used for the instruction, encouragement, and warning of the Church and Churches throughout all time; or the Church age.  They are the measuring plum, which God gave us to see what condition the Universal Church of Christ is in, our Denomination, our local church, and seriously our individual condition.

A month or so ago, I knew that this election would come down to one or the other candidate.  It would not matter so much who would win, because I was thanking God for whoever won, I just was excited to have it over, knowing whichever the winner, God had a plan for the outcome.  And now that it is finally over, except for the crying… God has a plan for the nation, and a plan for the church; both are opportunities.  Both, are opportunities of restoration, revival, and even more so another great awakening.

Should the election have come to a different end, then God would allow the nation to continue in a seemingly death spiral; until our people woke from their slumber or delusion and cry out for god.  But he would have the plan for the church the same plan for the church, either the outcome, Revival, to bring about an awakening – and I for one am so thankful that I have been allowed to see his mighty hand set to revive his church. – one could say I am excited in my thanksgiving because I know that God has a plan.  We chose who the president would be, but I knew, that God would use whoever we chose because he had a plan for the church, and a plan for the nation.  I am happy with the outcome because of what he is committed to do, and one of the most important to me, is he will protect our church.  He will protect the church.

The Southern Baptist Convention had a split in 1991 over the claim of theological and philosophical differences, this division started 12 or so years earlier with the ‘moderate’-liberal faction.  The split created the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and at that time it was called moderate/liberal Baptists. I will not get into all the Christian denominations in the nation; however, so that no one gets the idea that my beloved Southern Baptist Convention, is not without its share of liberalism, it should be known that our convention does have some liberal theologians, teaching in our seminaries, and in our leadership, perhaps it has to do with the political correctness that has been used to not only persecute Christians, but to get them to jump into liberal theology, or try to hold the flock from going liberal.

One thing I will say is that Jesus has given us the eyes to see, and the Holy Spirit has given us the ears to hear (spiritual ears), that we may understand and recognize what condition his church is in at any given time.  In America and around the world, we have more than a multitude of “Christian” branches, groups, cults, denominations, and that is why I am so thankful that God put seven churches at the beginning of the book of Revelation and the Apostle John as the journalist (if you will).

Today we still have the seven churches in the Bible, and praise God we have the Holy Spirit who quickens our spirit and convicts us into participation; not of this world but of the Kingdom of God and merely as sojourners are we, on our way home.

Now two churches (remember the church is the people), that I will briefly look at this morning.  I trust you will find a study Bible or commentary and look at these churches as conditions of today, and what God will require from his people to fix the broken Church, even if our church is not broken, we will need to pay attention and get excited about what God is going to do.  Then again, he may do nothing, except let us continue along the broad path, the Bible tells us that the broad path leads to destruction.  Personally, I pray for revival … revive us again lord Jesus!

I believe, there are people in this church, which are anxious … some a lot … some not so much, about not only the vileness of the campaign cycle, and now the unrest and vile thuggery of protesters.  I can understand, — it takes a special godly man like brother Danny, to project the peace of God as he does.  I don’t want to project anxiety, or fear – that is wrong, but perhaps hope in Jesus for those who feel anxious, and fearful of the future.  God is still God, he is still on his throne, and still, he will quiet the raging sea.

  1. The first Condition.

The churches at Pergamos and Thyatira, …

Pergamos: The Compromising Church.  Why should I call it a compromising church?  Well, my, my, my … it is a church that is faithful to Christ, nonetheless, at the same time is tolerant of those promiscuous people in the congregation.

  1. Please notice that Jesus is telling Paul to write to the angel of the church not the world, it is a concern in the congregation.  Not the nation.  during the campaign, some of the notable Christian leaders, were making it known who they were supporting, and some were condemning them for giving Trump a slide, or tolerating his sin… well, — Trump was not running to be head of the Christian church, … and, we are commanded to be forgiving, his sin of lust is a forgivable sin. So, ask yourself, why would a Christian leader publicly denounce, pastors willing to forgive the actions of someone eleven years prior?  But apparently, some are better than God and just will not forgive. They use words like tolerate sin, not knowing if Trump who is perhaps a different denomination (Presbyterian), and don’t feel he needs to confess his sin to anyone but God or like a whole lot of Christians don’t think their sin is sin. … but he could have done that at any time during the last eleven years.  I don’t know and neither do they.  One reason that we listen with the ears of God not those of some denominational leaders.  Although they are supposed to be our leaders, and examples, they at times sound more like Pharisees.
  1. b. King David, committed lust, he committed adultery, he committed murder. David confessed, to God, he confessed and repented of the wrong, and God forgave him and called David a “Man after my own heart” …
  1. The church at Pergamos, was tolerating promiscuous persons within the congregation. This is what upsets Christ is to have his church compromising the faith, and allowing sin to be tolerated IN the church. The condition of the church, was allowing promiscuous persons, and or false teachings, it was allowing meat sacrificed to idols, it was a plea for freedom in the church to take part in the idolatrous rites, and for introducing heathen orgies into the Christian ceremonies. The doctrine of these antinomian teachers was “the doctrine of Balaam” because, like Balaam, they prostituted their influence to the seducing of God’s people into idolatry and impurity. The similarity of this doctrine and that of the Nicolaitans is obvious; —- but that of Nicolaus (which is equivalent to “conquering the people”) is intended as similar doctrines is only conjecture. Fact is, there were two sects side by side at Pergamum is the meaning of this passage; and though their doctrines were alike in being, to control the people by the people’s compromise.

Church, we need not compromise on the faith, nor on the word of God being inerrant and infallible.  If you believe one verse, you must believe them all, if you fault one verse you must fault them all … oh well it is a good book and some of it may help me through this life.  That is the difference in conservative “traditional orthodox” Christian theology, and liberal theology.

The second Church of my selection

  1. Thyatira – The Corrupt Church.  Again, we have the word Tolerance – Tolerance of the false prophetess Jezebel and her wicked practices.  The church, condition, here projects the word suffer and there is a right and a wrong suffering, — a… the suffering of tribulations, or persecution, — and the suffering or tolerating — allowing a whole lot of wrong to go on.  The church at Thyatira had both, and the rebuke is aimed at the wrong.  The enduring of tribulation, (persecution) is commended, while the toleration, or enduring, of evil is rebuked.  It is not said that Jezebel receives sympathy or encouragement, but merely that she is let alone; her wickedness is left unchecked, and that is sinful.  It is not worthwhile to speculate as to who this individual woman is, she was there and she may be a person or a false doctrine.  It is my studied opinion that Jezebel is not her real name but a symbolical name of reproach, and what her actual name and status was we have no way of knowing.  Whatever, what is critical in this church is the suffering of this as false doctrine, akin to that of the Nicolaitans and to the doctrine of Balaam.  Whatever the detailed difference may be, all three made ‘Christian liberty” a plea for antichristian license which claimed to be above the moral Law.  And she taught and seduced.  This is an independent statement and not be made to depend on the “thou sufferest.”  In the original language, the word for seduce, and lead astray, is the same and used often in the ‘active’ sense, in Johns writing. Here it implies seduction into error of a very grave kind.  Be it fornication (literally) or metaphorically to mean spiritual sense of idolatry.  The Christian church needs to look at itself, and not fail Christ by allowing false doctrines and worldly influence and persecution to corrupt the foundations of our faith.

 

In closing,

  1. Please remember, that compromise leads to corruption, and vice-versa, and as the church we must look past the plea of liberalism as Christian liberty; Christian compassion and tolerance, and hold fast to the doctrines of the word of God; if we compromise on one doctrine of the Bible we corrupt the whole thing. And that relates to our salvation by grace alone, in faith on the work of our Lord Jesus. You, yes each professing born again Christian must affirm the Bible as being the very word of God, without error — being infallible in its instruction and teaching, which is interpreted by the Holy Spirit…  and so far it is still valid in the Southern Baptist Statement of Faith. … what you need to do is examine yourself and our church, and other churches and denominations to see if that is in their personal and church statement of faith.  If it is not? Then why not?  Where did you first compromise on your Christian faith?  And why? … has the liberal world intimidated you to compromise on the Word of God?  … thank God he is a God of second, third, fourth, 7 times 70 forgiving grace.  Do not be afraid of the liberal world calling you hurtful names, and slandering you and your faith!  It is time to pick up your cross and grow a backbone and stand firm in the faith of the Apostles!  A bunch of liberal theologians, preachers of false prophecy, teachers of false doctrine, are not going to intimidate me!  I will stand unto my death for the cause of Jesus and the justice of God … my faith in ‘the faith’ in the belief and conviction of the Holy Ghost on my heart.

Folks … we must fix The church — starting with me, then our church, then the universal church. it is broken and only God can fix it, but he will use only the willing, committed Christian the true disciple of Christ.  The nation is badly broken, and it will take God, working through Trump, and a willing congress to fix it and make it great again; and it cannot happen unless the church goes into revival and sets the stage for a great awakening,  when the delusional and misled people see God at work restoring His church, cleansing it from the liberal theological lies.  then it can happen, and God will heal our land.

My sincere caution to our church is to examine ourselves, and cling to the Bible as our authority, it is inerrant and infallible and we are to test any other doctrines and church traditions by the scripture. We need to prepare our hearts for true Christian revival, unity, and the authority of God’s word.  God said you are either with me or you are against me.  There is no middle ground, you are not to be luke warm, or simply halfway committed to Jesus, it is critically important that each of us have a personal love relationship with Jesus, and if you have never surrendered to Jesus, if you have never known that personal love relationship with him, please take care of that business right now, you don’t know when we will be taken; and that will be too late.  It is that urgent, and such a simple free thing to do. I will open the alter for you to come and pray, or to take care of business with God.

Deacon of the Week, would you please close in Prayer for us all.

 

God Will Not Pick Our President

 

God Will Not Pick Your President

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God will let us pick who the next president of the United States will be.  Why?  Well, my, my, my, … you need to understand that God gave us a free will, and he has a plan already in place when we make a bad choice, just as he does when we make a good choice; and he is the unchanging God even when we want to be God we are not and will never be God, he alone is the sovereign God. 

Over the past half century, the liberal left has been engaged in a war against Christianity, capitalism, and the free market, while adopting policies and ideologies more in line of a socialist global union.  Nevertheless, it is like a snowball rolling down a slope, it starts out inconspicuous but as it grows larger it also builds momentum, until it becomes very noticeable and out of control and nearly impossible to stop before it crashes into you house and destroys you.  From the time of Roosevelt’s “New Deal” and his New Deal Coalition, (to make the New Deal work), the liberal socialist movement has been like the snowball until we are faced with what we have now, a huge snowball ready to smash our nation.

Well, God is still God, and capitalism/free market system is still the best economic system in history.  Our democratic Free Republic is still the best form of government in the history of civilization.  Our Constitution is, with its guarantee of freedom and a limited federal government: although abused by politicians and politics it is still the most just document of governance ever produced.  And although shaky, we are still a sovereign nation.

Just one of several reasons that this election is up to our choice.  Do we make a good choice or do we make a bad choice, and it is not up to selecting the least evil, or the better of the two bad, that is hype and political spin to keep the media in business of making money with the once in four year mega buck bottom line, that they so much enjoy.  The liberal media hype is moved to the Republican Congress if a liberal is elected, and Faux News tries to keep its ratings up by beating on the liberals, and Tea Party conservatives.  Shows what I think of the hype, (put out by the media – including Faux), that goes with the campaigns and politicians.  there is a decision to be made and it is up to the “live citizens” to vote, that is a civic duty, vote and keep the system honest and fair, who gets the vote of the people should have the office; the electoral college should only be recognized if the popular vote is tied.  But regardless who gets into office, I am to obey, unless that obedience is against my obedience to God. 

That is why we have laws, and at times our government’s choice is against the laws of Christ and therefore I need to do everything in my power to get that law changed, to where it is equally applied to Christians and non-Christian alike.  Nevertheless, when the sun sets in the Western Sky, God’s plan will be exciting to see; if he is moving the church, or moving both, the church and the nation.

 

I would like to see the later, that his plan would be working with the church and with the nation.  and we have a choice to make, as Christians we have an obligation, to choose or someone else will do it for us.  Do a little homework apart from what the media is throwing at us, and see what sort of government you would like to live under.  Think about a nation that the government decides for us, everything that is right is wrong, and everything wrong is right.  That our culture and society must continue to change according to the whims of immigrants, and the tail continues to wag the dog.

Moral issues will be decided by the government and its manufactured political correctness, that abortion is legal and paid for by the taxpayer even partial birth, or full term abortion.  That no black thugs can be arrested and jailed because of a manufactured BLM “justice”.  If you are Islamic and maim, mutilate, kill, and rape, you won’t be tried in our courts of US law, because you are under Shariah and Shariah is above the US laws, (according to CAIR).  Notwithstanding, that with the total division amongst the people, and the economic disaster, it will take very little to put this nation in such hurt that the people would sell our sovereignty for global socialism with little resistance, food and shelter would mean more. 

Do you want to live in a sovereign free constitutional republic, or a global socialist union?  That is the only truth about the choice.  God has his plan for both.  I for one am excited to see what God is going to do after the election.  Either way, God will be doing a mighty work in his church.  separating the sheep from the goats, and having a revival, or awakening, one of the other, it will be harder on the Christian if we choose the wrong way, revival is just what it says revive the Christians, awakening is to awaken those Christians who slumber and awaken the heathen who is under the delusions of darkness; either way it will be exciting.

So, campaigning is just one week away from its welcomed end, for now, and I will see you at the polls helping to make the Church and America Great Again.

In Study

I am R.S. Helms, — and I approve this message.

The Pharisaical “Christians” Against Trump.

 

 

 

Corruption in Politics…

Corruption in the Church…

 

R.S. Helms/ Bob’s Opinion / 10-17-2016

 

COULD IT BE, that corruption in U.S. Politics goes back further than we would suspect?  During my book research I became involved in the causes of the Civil War, rather than Slavery; this becomes so involved in the early politics of our nation. Nonetheless, George Washington was appointed twice, and had no party designation.  Likewise, John Adams was appointed twice as Washington’s Vice-President, however he was in the early forming of the Federalist Party, and won the election of 1786 as a Federalist, against the Democrat-Republican Thomas Jefferson. Nonetheless, these two founding fathers established the first two actual political parties in our nation, and the introduction of corruption into our political system.

 

 charles-finneyCharles Finney, (1792—1875) a lawyer, and at age 29 became a licensed minister in the Presbyterian Church, he was the one of the great revivalists of the Second Great Awakening.  And it was in the book “Principles of Victory” (compiled and edited by Louis Parkhurst. Jr. 1981 Bethany House). that I found affirmation to my notion that all politicians are corrupt, liars, thieves, and in general dishonest representatives of the American People.  Finney, not only confirms the notion but delineates that the real corruption is in the ones that follows the parties and that Christians should not be a follower of one party or another.

Finney was a Princeton educated lawyer, and educator, starting the Oberlin College in Oberlin Ohio, it is still in business today, and likewise his Charles Finney School.  In addition, he pastored the Oberlin Congregationalist/Presbyterian Church.  To me, his “Finney’s Systematic Theology” is a great theological tool, however, it is written in such a way that it is rather hard for me to understand at times; being a Southern Baptist, orthodox conservative theology, and Finney a Presbyterian “Calvinist” there is some theological differences, but not strong enough to stop me from appreciating the works of Charles Finney, as a Lawyer, Educator, and Theologian.

I will not attempt to quote the whole of several pages but some of the points which he made in the Nineteenth Century.  Finney was the individual most responsible for the Abolitionist and Women’s Movements, and during the reconstruction era Finney called for more education, and suffrage movements for blacks and women.  So I feel good about what was happening in politics then is not that much different than what is being done today; COULD IT BE, that the “We the People” have really come to realize that enough is enough? – at least a majority have.

Now, here is some of what Charles Finney has to say about politics and politicians. In the book he has a sermon entitled “Conformity to the World” it was lumped into ‘Preaching to Christians’ and ‘Sermons from Romans.’ Finney brings three areas that we are not to be conformed to the world: Business, Fashion, and Politics, it is of course the last point of interest that I am drawn.

Be not conformed to this world in politics…

“I will show why professing Christians are not to be conformed to the world in politics.”

            1). “Because the politics of the world are perfectly dishonest.  Who does not know this?  who does not know that it is the proposed policy of ever party to cover up the defects of their own candidate, and the good qualities of the opposing candidate? and is not this dishonest? Every party holds up its candidate as a piece of perfection, and then aims to ride him into office by any means fair or foul.  No man can be an honest man who is committed to a party to go with them.  Let them do what they may; and can a Christian do it, and keep a conscience void of offense?”

COULD IT BE, that in the 1800s, Finney was talking about our political climate today as well as then?

2). “To conform to the world in politics is to tempt God…By falling in with the world in politics, Christians are guilty of setting up rulers over them by their own vote, who neither fear nor love God, and who set the law of God at defiance, break the Sabbath, and gamble and commit adultery, and fight duels, and swear profanely, and leave the laws unexecuted at their pleasure, and that care not for the weal or woe of their country, so long as they keep their office.  I say Christians do this. For it is plain that where parties are divided, as they are in this country, there are Christians enough to turn the scale in any election.  Now let Christians take the ground that they will not vote for a dishonest man, or a Sabbath breaker, or gambler, or a whoremonger, or duelist, for any office, and no party could ever nominate such a character with any hope of success.” “But on the present system, where men will let the laws go unexecuted, and give full swing to mobs, lynch-murders, or robbing the mails, or anything else, so they can run in their own candidate will give them the offices; any man is a dishonest man who will do it, be he professor or non-professor.  And can a Christian do this and be blameless?”

            3). “By engaging with the world in politics, Christians grieve the spirit of God… Ask any Christian politician if he ever carried the Spirit of God with him into the political campaign?  Never.  I would by no means be understood to say that Christians should not vote and to exercise their lawful influence in public affairs.  But they ought not to follow a party.

            4). By following the present course of politics, you are contributing your aid to undermine all government and order in the land.  Who does not know that this great nation now rocks and reels, because the laws are broken and trampled underfoot, and the executive power refuses or dares not act?  Either the magistrate does not wish to put down disorder, or he temporizes and lets the devil rule.  And can a Christian be consistent with his profession and vote for such men to office?”

Finney goes on for another six or so points, on Christian witness, and that the world sees how they live or believe what they preach, and that Christians really need to look at what is going on around them, and actually understand the motivation and ideologies of where the candidates are going to take them.

Christians (if you are truly ‘born again’ a new creature in Christ,) you will understand that there is no politician who is going to walk his Christian walk when he gets in office.  Reality is, should he do so, he would try to form a theocratic government, it works okay in religion but is a bit restrictive for a Constitutional Free Republic, that is actually governed by the will of ‘We the People”, not the will of God.

Charles Finney, was a major player for organizing people to Stop slavery, he and Oberlin College was part of the “underground railroad” he was prominent in the anti-slavery, the suffrage movement for women and former slaves.  He wanted the reconstruction to build schools, churches, and infrastructure for the war devastated South. He knew the politicians and the political corruption from the time of John Adams, and like today the people faced the same corruption, the lack of law, … especially by the complete disregard for the law of the land, as we have today.

I do have a problem with the “Evangelical” leaders who continue to judge their fellow laborers in Christ, who support Donald Trump.  They have worn out the scriptures pointing to his past sins, and “love your neighbor”, then I ask which one of them would invite Satan or one of his imps to take up the spare bedroom in their oversized homes?  The way I see it is that yes we are mandated to receive strangers, and to love our neighbors, even love our enemy, but the Bible also teaches us to avoid evil, and to be cautious, as in — walking circumspectly that we not entertain evil and walk in the way of the world.

We are sojourners in this world only passing through, on our way to our kingdom home, and yes I have commented on some of their posts, calling them Pharisees, and not actually attending to their own sin, not aware, (?) of what they are doing and saying.  Donald Trump is not perfect, but neither are they  or I for sure am not and yet they have promoted lies, even after Trump met with a newly formed coalition of Evangelicals, hearing him say, that he may not believe, in his “particular” Christian faith the same as each of them, but that one thing he could guarantee, was that he would protect “their churches” but that seemed to fall on deaf ears to some of the leaders.

Jesus said, that he who is without sin cast the first stone, he also said that we are to worry more about the plank (beam) in our own eye, before we attempt to remove the speck from our brother’s eye.  Concerning Russell More, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC; I am happy to say that his self-righteous, (pharisaical), statements against other evangelical leaders and pastors only prove the “beam and speck” analogy of Jesus’ teaching, the traditional policies of some of the Southern Baptist Churches (which become doctrine) pharisaical leadership in our churches today is part of the reason that we are having such a hard time retaining membership and seekers.

God’s infallible – inerrant word (the Bible), does not change just as God does not change to meet our personal views, so by being unforgiving, is just as sinful as saying disgusting thoughts and of which he publicly apologized to those he had offended, we don’t know and perhaps in his faith we don’t need to know, if he has made his confession to God.  While Southern Baptist Democrats are cheering Moore’s comments against Trump and other evangelicals, the Conservative evangelicals are calling foul.

And that is where most of the split in evangelicals really is, it is in our political party affiliation, I don’t know what Dr. Moore’s political preference is, and don’t really care.  What I do care about is his attack on other evangelical leaders and pastors, and not properly using scripture to make his point.  It is not the scripture which he used to make his point, but how it leaves the hearers heart… he did not take the opportunity to lift up the work of Jesus’ earthly ministry of repentance.  i.e., The Apostle Paul… we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God, we are all sinners saved by the grace of God, through faith in Christ Jesus.  I am a sinner, and must confess my sin before the throne of God each and every day, not my past confessed sin, because God said he has forgotten it.  But I have enough sin in my life to keep me busy telling God I am sorry and will do my level best not to continue down that path. Jesus said to forgive sin, sin perpetrated against me (R.S. Helms), seven times seventy; I have no choice in the matter, for if I don’t forgive those who have sinned against me how then can I expect God to forgive me.

But, if the evangelicals against Trump can get past the reality, that the RINOs didn’t get their (Liberal Theology) Christian Cruz, in as the nominee, and at this point their choice is all about protecting our religious freedom, and our country, or about becoming a socialist union (North American Union) like Europe, with Shariah Law instead of Constitutional Law, Islam the religion of the central government, — that is a choice they need to make.  For me, it is about preserving our Christian constitutional freedoms. Securing the border, and get a handle on crime and our immigration crisis, and restore our values.  I pray God can use whichever way we the people go.

Should we actually vote Hillary in, COULD IT BE, God is not finished teaching the Christian Church what he intends us to truly understand?  Your Will be done, and if it is your will I am excited about what, You Lord, are about to do in the life of Your Church.

R.S. Helms… 10-17-2014  (and I approve this message).

 

 

 

 

REMEMBER CHARLES FINNEY?

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Remember Charles Finney?  Don’t expect to if have not studied anything about the Great Awakenings in the United States.  Finney was one of the great evangelist leaders of the Second Great Awakening.

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Nonetheless, I am posting one of his points in a sermon from Romans, the Sermon was “Be Ye Not Conformed to This World” (Rm. 12:2). Why? COULD IT BE, that it could have been written yesterday about our politics and politicians. I guess a timeless truth.

Be Not Conformed to this world In Politics.”

“I will show why professing Christians are required not to be conformed to the world in politics.

  1. Because the politics of the world are perfectly dishonest.

Who does not know this? Who does not know that it is the proposed policy of every party to cover up the defects of their own candidate, and the good qualities of the opposing candidate? And is not this dishonest? Every party holds up its candidate as a piece of perfection, and then aims to ride him into office by any means, fair or foul. No man can be an honest man, that is committed to a party, to go with them, let them do what they may. And can a Christian do it, and keep a conscience void of offense?

  1. To conform to the world in politics is to tempt God.

By falling in with the world in politics, Christians are guilty of setting up rulers over them by their own vote, who do not fear nor love God, and who set the law of God at defiance, break the Sabbath, and gamble, and commit adultery, and fight duels, and swear profanely, and leave the laws unexecuted at their pleasure, and that care not for the weal or woe of their country, so long as they can keep their office. I say Christians do this. For it is plain that where parties are divided, as they are in this country, there are Christians enough to turn the scale in any election. Now let Christians take the ground that they will not vote for a dishonest man, or a Sabbath breaker, or gambler, or whoremonger, or duelist, for any office, and no party could ever nominate such a character with any hope of success. But on the present system, where men will let the laws go unexecuted, and give full swing to mobs, or lynch-murders, or robbing the mails, or anything else, so they can run in their own candidate who will give them the offices, any man is a dishonest man that will do it, be he professor or non-professor. And can a Christian do this and be blameless?

  1. By engaging with the world in politics, Christians grieve the Spirit of God.

Ask any Christian politician if he ever carried the Spirit of God with him into a political campaign? Never. I would by no means be understood to say that Christians should refuse to vote, and to exercise their lawful influence in public affairs. But they ought not to follow a party.

  1. By following the present course of politics, you are contributing your aid to undermine all government and order in the land.

Who does not know that this great nation now rocks and reels, because the laws are broken and trampled under foot, and the executive power refuses or dare not act? Either the magistrate does not wish to put down disorder, or he temporizes and lets the devil rule. And so it is in all parts of the country, and all parties. And can a Christian be consistent with his profession, and vote for such men to office?

  1. You lay a stumbling-block in the way of sinners.

What do sinners think, when they see professing Christians acting with them in their political measures, which they themselves know to be dishonest and corrupt? They say, “We understand what we are about, we are after office, we are determined to carry our party into power, we are pursuing our own interest; but these Christians profess to live for another and a higher end, and yet here they come, and join with us, as eager for the loaves and fishes as the rest of us.” What greater stumbling-block can they have?

  1. You prove to the ungodly that professing Christians are actuated by the same spirit with themselves.

Who can wonder that the world is incredulous as to the reality of religion? If they do not look for themselves into the scriptures, and there learn what religion is, if they are governed by the rules of evidence from what they see in the lives of professing Christians, they ought to be incredulous. They ought to infer, so far as this evidence goes, that professors of religion do not themselves believe in it. It is the fact. I doubt, myself, whether the great mass of professors believe the Bible.

  1. They show, so far as their evidence can go, that there is no change of heart.

What is it? Is it going to the communion table once in a month or two, and sometimes to prayer meeting? In that a change of heart, when they are just as eager in the scramble for office as any others? The world must be fools to believe in a change of heart on such evidence.

  1. Christians ought to cease from conformity to the world in politics, from the influence which such a course would have on the world.

Suppose Christians were to act perfectly conscientious and consistent in this matter, and to say, “We will not vote for any man to office, unless he fears God and will rule the people in righteousness.” Ungodly men would not set men as candidates, who themselves set the laws at defiance. No. Every candidate would be obliged to show that he was prepared to act from higher motives, and that he would lay himself out to make the country prosperous, and to promote virtue, and to put down vice and oppression and disorder, and to do all he can to make the people happy and HOLY! It would shame the dishonest politicians, to show that the love of God and man is the motive that Christians have in view. And a blessed influence would go over the land like a wave.”

Thanks for reading… R.S. Helms.