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September 2, 2014

Another Christian leader makes a massive
blunder! … The headline goes like this … “Did Joel Osteen’s wife
commit blasphemy?” … So what’s the story? … Victoria Osteen said this
… “I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God,
we’re not doing it for God – I mean, that’s one way to look at it – we’re doing
it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we’re happy.  So I want you to know this morning:  Just do good for your own self.  Do good because God wants you to be happy.  When you come to Church, when you worship
Him, you’re not doing it for God really, your doing it for yourself, because that’s
what makes God happy.  Amen?” …
and of course her husband Joel stood by nodding in approval. … and it all
seems to fit right in with her new book entitled ‘Love your life’ ……… Of
course she is receiving quite a bit of backlash for her comments, and it would
seem to me to be justified. …. Her critics are slamming this statement as
‘age-old’ sins of idolatry … that it’s not about God, but about ourselves.
… I guess she believes that God exists to make us happy, rather than holy …
Sadly, she and her husband are deceiving millions with their false doctrine!

This kind of stuff seems to be happening
more and more with each passing day … the utter distortion of the true
message of our God. … But then, we shouldn’t be surprised by it. … Just
look at the societal changes we’ve witnessed in say, just the past 50 years …
the ‘Gay Agenda’ has gone from it being immoral and unnatural to now an
accepted way of life. … so much so that some 6% of the entire population
seems to be setting the bar for our moral boundaries! … And, of course, the
abortion thing … just recently completely illegal and considered murder ..
but now this slaughter of innocent babies is allowed as a fair ‘option’ for the
‘freedom of choice’ movement! …

Here’s another example of how society
sways with the times … back in the 60’s during the Vietnam war, our service
people (I was one of them) were hated and spit on because our general society
was opposed to the war. …  We were
treated like the enemy! … But today, you can be a storeroom clerk somewhere
in Kansas, but are considered a hero! … Maybe the people today don’t get it,
but those of us who ”were there’ have never forgotten it! …….. Or how
about the protesters for peace in the 60’s & 70’s who were burning down
city blocks and attacking police officers because they believed it peace! ….
Huh?!  …..  And of course there were much higher ‘family
values back when …. homes with a mother and a father … time spent together
talking and sharing their lives … values taught by life experiences rather
than by machines designed by back-room brain children who don’t have a clue as
to what real life values are ….

And what has this brought to us as a
society? … Let’s go back to the opening comment from Victoria Osteen … it’s
all about “ME” …. Let me share this passage of scripture to make
this point … “But mark this: 
There will be terrible times in the last days.  2) People will be lovers of themselves,
lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents,
ungrateful, unholy,  3) without love,
unforgiving, slanderous, without self control, brutal, not lovers of the
good,  4) treacherous, rash, conceited,
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God … ”  (2 Timothy 3:1-4)

This passage sounds like a typical
newscast today, doesn’t it?! .. Notice the three things it says people will
love in the end times … Self, Money, and Pleasure. …. The love of self is
“Humanism” – the belief that man can accomplish anything on his own.
.. The love of money is “Materialism.” .. When Humanism is your
religion, your god will always be money. .. The love of pleasure is the third
love that is mentioned. .. This is “Hedonism,” the lifestyle that is
always produced by Humanism and Materialism. ….. But God cannot, and will not
be mocked!  (Galations 6:7) … He
therefore sees to it that when people choose Humanism, Materialism, and
Hedonism, the payoff is always “Nihilism” – which is a fancy name and
philosophical word for ‘despair.’

…..Does it seem that our world is
wallowing in despair today? .. We live in a society plagued by abortion,
homosexuality, domestic violence, child molestation, blasphemy, pornography,
alcoholism, drug abuse … and on & on ……. There is no question about
it …..

I know I’m rambling a bit, but now I
can’t stop, so please bear with me for just a bit more …… In a nutshell,
human government has ultimately failed in all its attempted forms. … Taking a
quick glance at the last 6,000 years, we’ve seen kings, emperors, czars, prime
ministers, presidents …. fascist approaches .. socialism .. communism …
democratic approaches … you name it. … None of it has ever worked for very
long. …. Many thought America had a real shot because of the general freedom it
gave its citizens, but like all the others, greed, corruption, and the striving
for personal power has, is, and will continue to destroy this relatively young
nation. … Just look at the election process today. … Values don’t really
matter.. it’s who raises the most money who most always wins! … Assuredly,
greed & power rule the day!  … and
sadly, regardless of what the governing process is called, this condition will
always prevail because of the sinful nature of mankind. … 

And finally, the Church must be held
accountable because of its massive failure in recent years. … Unfortunately,
Victoria Osteen and her husband Joel are not the only ones who have sold out to
the treachery of ‘Humanism’ …. the building up of ‘self’ instead of the building
up of our infinite and Holy God. … More and more of our leaders of the Church
today are selling out to the ‘hyper-grace’ approach .. that being all is
wonderful and good and there is no consequence for any lifestyle we decide to
choose! … Judgement preaching & teaching is becoming a thing of the past
… and for those of us who still believe there IS a consequence for sinful
lifestyles, we have become the ‘enemy of the church and state!’ ….

So why am I baffled? .. It just seems so
simple to me! … The Bible doesn’t stutter when it lays out the groundwork for
living a holy life! … But then, I shouldn’t really be baffled because Jesus
said it would be this way in these final days … In John 15:18-19, He says it
clearly …. “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me
first.  19) If you belonged to the world,
it would love you as its own.  As it is,
you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.  That is why the world hates you.” ….
Isn’t is amazing how simple and clear Jesus is IF YOU JUST READ IT?! ….

The world is spinning out of control and
is literally ‘going to hell’ … but … I want to continue to encourage the
true believers out there that there is a better world coming … and soon! …
I want to close these rambling thoughts with a passage of scripture that gives
us a glimpse of what is about to come ….. It is in the Book of Revelation,
Chapter 21:1-4.  .. It says this …
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first
earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  2) I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for
her husband.

3) And I heard a loud voice from the
throne saying,  ‘Now the dwelling of God
is with men, and He will live with them. 
They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their
God.  4) He will wipe away every tear
from their eyes.  There will be no more
death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed
away.’ ” …… Hallelujah! ….. This is what we have to look forward to!
… We will actually be living with God Himself! …. I can’t wait! ….

So, if you are in the rapidly increasing
minority of true believers, just hang in there! … No, you most likely won’t
be accepted by most .. and no, you will not win a popularity contest … But
you will win the ultimate prize, and that is your final dwelling place for
eternity with our Great God! … Hallelujah!

OK … I’m outta here … Thanks so much
for putting up with me … and know that I do love each of you and am praying
for you constantly … and God know exactly who you are … just remember, you
are never alone!

Until next time,

Red

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