Retarded on Death Row

Watching wicked entertainers and corrupt ministries brag about their success is like watching a mentally retarded prisoner on death row bragging about the free food he gets every day in prison.

Utter cluelessness towards death can be a very sad thing to see.

Philippians 3
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

We don’t oppose these people in arrogance, we oppose them in sadness – for them – and with alarm for the people they are infecting with iniquity.

CONFUSED AUTHORITIES!?

CONFUSED AUTHORITIES

What does “obey” really mean?

Obey in Hebrews 13:17
Greek Word Peitho : be persuaded
(Ministry)

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

Obey in 1 Peter 3:6
Greek word – Hoopakouo: be commanded
(Family)

1 Peter 3:6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

Call husband Lord: ruler
1 Peter 3:6
(Family)

Pastors don’t be Lords, be examples
1 Peter 5:3
(Ministry)

1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.

As you can see by the slightest dig into those scriptures, the word “obey” means different things depending on if it’s in the context of family or church.

Beyond that, government and business also have different rules of engagement.

Different Spheres of Authority Exercise Authority in Different Ways

Family Authority is exercised by headship and commanding.

Spiritual Authority is exercised by preaching and by persuasion.

Government authority is exercised by taxes and by the sword (weaponry) against criminals. (Romans 13:4-7)

Business activity is governed by government with rules of fair exchange, honesty, and covenant keeping.

Beware of people that try to mix the authority applications in different spheres.

Matthew 20

25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Matthew 23

8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

No preacher is your Daddy (Matthew 23:9). Their job is to persuade by preaching the Word, your job is to be persuaded by truth and submit to truth. Your families blessing comes from your obedience to God and commanding your family, not from sitting in the right pews.

No government runs your family. Your job is to obey the laws unless they violate Gods law. Their job is to manage their infrastructure and punish criminals, not supply your every need.

No pastor influences government with guns or politics- only by preaching and persuasion and prayer. You can’t save a nation by carnal warfare any more than you could save a soul by sticking them up and forcing them to repeat a sinners prayer.

No government has the right to limit anything a preacher talks about.

I could go on and on but I’ll finish up by saying this: God is the final authority over all the different spheres of authority. Everyone will have to reckon with HIM on how they used their authority.

Love rejoices in the truth

Love rejoices in the truth, it doesn’t become speechless or try to ignore the truth or suppress the truth to maintain illegitimate power.

Divided: The Movie

If you want to be a good father, if you want to be married to a good father, or if you want to have good fathers in your church, then watch this video today and share!

We are Accountable

The only reason the church is irrelevant in our generation is because WE have forsaken our high calling to follow after sin, pride, and the workers of iniquity.

Make no mistake, WE will be held accountable for representing the gospel in our generation, not our elders.

This does NOT mean that we don’t submit to our elders but it does mean that we are responsible for our own obedience to God.

Psalm 100:5
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Do We Really Believe in Suffering and Reigning

If we really knew that the more we suffered with Christ, the more we reigned with Christ, we would not hesitate to suffer with Him or be embarrassed about it. We might even rejoice about it…

Acts 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

2 Timothy 2:12
if we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

Repentance is Real and Specific

Repentance Preaching is not about being angry or negative. It’s about cutting all the way down to specific roots of iniquity and sin, uprooting them, and planting new seeds and growing specific new fruits of righteousness from the heart of God… For the benefit of God and all humans – in real life.

Matthew 3:10
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.