Monthly Archives: March 2017

“As is was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38) For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39) and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.” .. Matthew 24:37-39 …….

It is simply astounding as to how the vast majority of people in the world today are so blind concerning what is about to befall upon them! .. It is just exactly the same conditions Jesus tells us about in Noah’s day. .. The signs were everywhere, but people were too busy with the ‘normals’ of life to notice. .. Hence the flood took them away – ultimately to a fate no one wants to even contemplate. ..

The ‘Frogs in a Pot’ description is a perfect analogy of just how it is today … Put a frog in a big pot of water .. the fire starts under the pot & the water slowly gets hotter & hotter, until it comers to a boil. .. Now during this process, the frog doesn’t realize the temperature change & slowly boils to death .. he dies before he ever realizes what is happening! .. Simply put, the world is coming to a boiling point, & the vast majority of folks are totally unprepared spiritually for it! ..

And where is the Church in all this!? .. National statistics indicate that some 85% of Americans claim to be ‘Christian.’ .. So why the unprecedented oblivion? .. The following statistics certainly illustrate a major reason as to why. .. This headline from CBN a couple of weeks ago pretty much sums it up. .. It said, “Falling Away: Number of professing Christians ignorant of the Bible at an all-time high” .. Also, the report stated that only 4% of ‘Millennials’ (14-35) have a Christian world view. ..

Here’s some more stats .. LifeWay conducted a survey involving just Protestant pastors – just under one-half do not believe the Rapture is literal .. an increasingly small number believe in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture .. Less than one-fifth believe in a Post-Tribulation Rapture .. Less than half believe the Antichrist is a person that will rise in the future .. Only 14% believe the Antichrist is the personification of evil .. Many

don’t believe he will be an actual person (allegorical view) .. Less than half believe in a 1,000 year reign of Christ .. Another One-third don’t believe in the 1,000 year reign of Christ, but say He reigns in the hearts & minds of Christians .. A growing number believe the world will gradually get better & then Jesus will return (Dominion – Post-Millennialism) .. and these are the LEADERS of what remains of the mainstream Church! .. What Bible are they reading?!.. (and we wonder why the world is oblivious to what is about to befall it?!) … The prophet Amos said it perfectly … ” ‘The days are coming,’ declares the sovereign Lord, ‘when I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.’ ” (Amos 8:11) … Jesus Himself said in Luke 18:8 .. ” … when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” .. As always, He’s right! ……. (oh, that’s right .. He wrote it!)

As with the prophets of old, frustration grows & grows in those of us who can ‘see’ it coming, but so few are listening. .. All we can do is continue to ring the warning bells & pray that more & more will come to the truths of God’s Word. .. The apostle Peter said in 2 Peter 3:9, The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish.” .. If you are not paying attention, still not a believer, or somewhere in the middle, He is waiting for you! .. but for not much longer. ……

If you are a non-believer, agnostic .. whatever .. I have only one request .. Stop! .. Take just a moment out of your busy day, and read just a few of the Bible’s teachings about the times we are living in .. the prophecies that clearly tell us why all this craziness is happening. .. You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to ‘see’ it. .. My guess is that once you even begin to see the truth it declares, it will make you want to go even further. .. But watch out! .. You just might start believing in this stuff! ,, 2 Peter 1:19 tells us of this truth … “And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” .. Hallelujah! …

Just remember this .. the most important thing of all .. each of our decisions concerning our personal relationship with Jesus Christ will determine where we will spend ETERNITY.. (that’s forever, by the way) .. either in a fiery hell where there is NO escape, or a paradise where we will live with those we love in joy & good health FOREVER! … Think about it! .. Are the consequences of a half-hearted efforts toward God worth the risk? .. When one stops for just a moment, the sheer importance of each of our decisions is mind-blowing! …… I urge each of us to stop wasting time & start sharing & spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. .. The cost of waiting or procrastinating is just too great!……

OK .. I’m done preaching for now .. but stick around .. I got a million of them! .. Love you all & am truly praying diligently for each of you .. & God knows exactly who YOU are. … Blessings to you this day …

Until next time,

Red

Note: California warning .. something of significance is about to take place ……

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to
destruction, and many enter through it. 14) But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” .. Matthew 7:13-14 ……

I woke up the other day & realized I’ve been on this planet for three-quarters of a century! .. During this complex journey, I’ve witnessed many different twists & turns .. some good & some not. .. And you know what is shocking? .. Just how fast it all went by! ……

There is so much I could share because of the various career paths & life experiences .. the successes & failures .. but the point I want to focus upon right now is the individual journey each of us chooses to take, & just how so many have fallen by the wayside because of those choices. .. Sadly, I have witnessed so many who have descended into deep despair & sheer unhappiness & disappointment because of their perceived failure in life. ..

First, let me share with you the lyrics of a song I wrote some years back that pertains to people with self-defeating attitudes. .. It was originally inspired by several members of my own family. .. Sadly, the words carry a message of despair for a rapidly growing number of people in today’s increasingly evil world. .. Read these lyrics, & then dwell on them for a moment. .. I’m sure that you will soon realize that they resonate as truth to either yourself and/or someone close to you. .. Here they are ……

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“Think .. why you never smile – think .. for awhile …
Alone in a hall .. and never wonder at all …
Why your dreams fail – and all the while …
You don’t care at all – you’re facing toward a wall …

Why .. the pain in your heart – why .. are you beaten from the start …
Standing alone .. turning friends to stone …
Wasting an eternity of time – from all the miles you’ve blown …
It’s you you’ve never known …

Please .. try and look around you – please .. ask the Lord to help you …
You’re staring to the sky .. and inside yourself you cry …
And all the while you pray for your soul – not to die …
Why are you so blind … “

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Now, look at the one brief glimpse of hope in the third verse that says, “Ask the Lord to help you” .. Self-defeat is a psychological deception that the devil likes to throw at people of all walks of life & it is rapidly spreading across this nation & planet . .. It is clearly a tool of the evil forces that are ramping up their final attack on anyone willing to let them in! … 1 Peter 5:8 says this plainly .. “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” .. Can’t be any clearer than that. ..

Are you one of those who is feeling rejected, defeated, and not worthy of much of anything? .. Welcome to the world of the enemy! .. But, you don’t have to live that way any longer! .. Jesus is waiting for you with open arms, regardless of where you’ve been. .. “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” .. (2 Peter 3:9) ..Hallelujah! ..

If you are still not convinced, just look at this old man as living proof of our Lord’s saving love. .. I was lost, turned my face to Jesus, & now I am content, happy & truly confident in my eternal destination. … You can be, too. .. All you have to do is ask ………

Until next time,

Red

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.” …… Romans 1:18 …

First, a reminiscence …… I grew up in America back in the 1950s when this nation was basically confident, prosperous and overflowing with life and unlimited opportunity. .. People were patriotic and our culture was strong and essentially moral. .. America was the undisputed leader of the world, not just militarily and economically, but in terms of freedom and generosity. .. Perfect no, but a good place to live life. ..

Fast forward to today ..  America has become a totally different country – deeply divided, unable to deal with crises foreign & domestic – the world’s greatest debtor nation with some 50 million people on food stamps – rampant divorce & family breakdown – unprecedented moral & sexual anarchy with 110 million with STDs – almost 60 million abusing alcohol & 70 million taking mood-altering drugs ….. and we wonder …… and think of this .. it has all happened in just a little over a half-century! …

One can attribute many reasons for this dramatic fall from grace, but the one I want to briefly focus upon today is the Church’s role in this societal debacle. ..  Not long ago, mainstream Christianity was pretty much the dominant mindset of the American way of life. .. Folks were, for the most part, following the basic teachings of the Holy scriptures. .. But then, along with all the social changes taking place, so, too, the Church joined in. .. We now see a totally different landscape.  .. So what has evolved? .. Needless to say, a total ‘spiritual’ disaster! .. What has taken place in this transition is a rash of false doctrine & teachings that have totally contributed to the obvious demise of this once-great nation. ..  Allow me to list just a few examples …

*The ‘Emergent Church movement – A doctrine totally dismissing any judgement or consequences for one’s actions. .. There is no hell .. no sin .. only enlightenment ….

*Universalism – All will be saved & made happy in the future state …

*Humanism – Rejects all claims of the supernatural, or spiritual existence …

*Wealth/Prosperity Teaching – Get rich , especially if you ‘tithe’ the leaders (a quick glimpse of the New Testament reveals 22 specific verses that unequivocally denounce this nonsense) …

*Consumer Christianity – A lot like the ‘Emergent Church’ mentality where there is no judgement preaching/no consequences for a sinful lifestyle. .. The simple fact is that the churches, in their attempt to connect with modern society, have totally compromised Biblical truth. .. (The ‘dumbing down’ of historic Christianity into shallow entertainment in order to pamper consumers). .. One perfect example is the ‘judgement preaching/no consequence’ for sin elimination. .. What does the Bible say concerning this? .. Fact:  Samuel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah, Paul, and Jesus ALL preached judgement in their messages. .. In fact, Hell is mentioned 12 times in the New Testament, 11 of which were by Jesus Himself! … (Hey people! .. Hell does exist!)

Simply. the ‘itching ear’ theology mentioned in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 has contributed greatly to the demise of America. .. History proves it! .. And you know what’s really sad? .. Unlike the 50s,  we Bible-believing evangelical Christians are the ones the ‘tolerant, inclusive’ crowd can’t tolerate! .. Here’s what I consider a classic example of this scenario. .. While watching “The Voice” talent show on TV the other night, one of the contestants came out as ‘gay.’ .. When telling her story, she said she was raised in a Christian home & when she disclosed the fact that she was a lesbian, she was flatly ‘disowned’ by her family. .. Cutting to the chase, she came off as a vulnerable, neglected & rejected soul & her Christian family, in the eyes of the vast majority of those watching, became the intolerant, hateful representation of all that is supposed to be wrong with ‘those Christian bigots.’ .. They made a decision based upon biblical teaching and soon became the pariah for all to see. .. (How dare they!) ……

Anyway, you get the point. … The sad truth is that in the Church’s attempt to connect with modern society, they have compromised biblical truth in order to do so. .. And now we see the results. .. The brief aforementioned comparison of the 50’s to now shows just how far we as a nation have fallen. .. We are witnessing first-hand the consequences for abandoning the truth of God’s Holy Word. .. This nation is a living example. ..

The Bible clearly tells us this .. “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.” .. (2 Timothy 3:1) .. Boy is that accurate! .. And here is another sad truth .. it’s only going to get worse & worse before it is over. .. But now, here’s the good part. .. All this ‘human-created’ mess isn’t going to last very much longer! .. Hallelujah! .. Jesus Himself, as well as the prophets, foretold of these increasingly chaotic days & how they would intensify just before His triumphant return. .. People, these are the ‘birth pains’ Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24:8. ..

We were also told that there would be a strong & unwavering remnant in these last days that would come through these calamities & would stand strong for the whole truth of God’s Word. .. Are you one of us? .. Are you strengthening yourself daily to withstand the ‘roaring lion’ (Satan) in his final attempts to destroy you? .. Trust me when I say, time is very, very short. .. Don’t put off what IS the absolutely most important task facing you today. .. Put Jesus Christ first & trust in Him to ‘deliver you from evil.’ ..  Again, Hallelujah! …

Until next time,

Red

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