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Then and Now

January 25, 2016

As a young man growing up, I remember a time when people respected God and each other. People believed and feared God. People would turn off R&B music on their car radios before driving onto the church property. In the last few years, there have been reports of people stealing from the church and allowing any and everything to come in to the house of God. In the last few years, we have allowed anybody and anything to enter the pulpit.

Political candidates are talking about the ozone layer and global warming; but in my opinion people have turned away from God and God is not pleased. We have only to look at the history of the Israelites to know that our God is true to his word that warns us that he is a jealous God.  God has set out his conditions and he does not compromise his word.  “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows” (Mark 13:8). We see the hand-writing on the wall and the Bible being fulfilled. “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  having a form of godliness but denying its power”. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

Before people became educated, they learn to live together and help one another. Now, people have become so educated to the point of selfishness. Back in the seventies, when the color barrier was still in place, I don’t recall officers declaring “open season on Africa American men”. In this era, officers are killing men and children and their punishment is a slap on the wrist. They are supposed to see the error of their ways by being placed on “paid administrative leave”. If God laws states: “Thou shall not kill and God have no respect of person”, how then shall anyone escape God judgment? People ask why I am always angry with officers. It’s not the officers; it is their actions and the lack of accountability. It is the abuse of power and the total disregard for human life. Yes, it hurts and makes me angry every time I hear of an unarmed person or child being shot down and no one is held accountable. It appears, the most precious gift God gave to mankind, can be taken away with no shame or regret. I asked “how long will God allow this evil to continue”? “My soul also is greatly troubled; but You, O Lord—how long”? (Psalm 6:3)

We all have someone we want Jesus to draw. If we lift Him up, he will do the drawing. Instead of talking about how great we are; lift Him up. We can’t save anybody regardless of our preaching. While we are posting our pictures on social media, people are dying spiritually and physically. “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” (Colossians 3:23)

When we began teaching God word without first understanding his word ourselves, we began to lead people astray. Growing up, ministers and pastors preached “hell and brimstones” until people feared and respected God. Have we sold out? Are we preaching what “thus saith the Lord or what people want to hear”? Are we preaching feel good sermons?  We can’t do anything we want and expect that it pleases God. If we want God to do something for us, we have to “humble ourselves, repent, pray and turn from our wicked ways”.

Prayer: Father, take us back to the place where we feared and respected you. We realize there is no other name whereby we may be saved. We call on you during these perilous days. Look among us to see if there be one righteous person.

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  1. The level of respect for the house of God, the people of God and the principles of God seem to have diminished tremendously, and you are correct it hurts., therefore we must pray without ceasing. Great observation Pastor Fairley

  2. Roderick permalink

    Good word papi

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