The Modern Betrayal of the Great Commission

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And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Luke 12:42-48 KJV

 

It occurs to me that there is a lot of hate directed at the church these days. I suppose this is no different than it was from the beginning when they stoned Stephen, and maybe that is part of our error–that we think it is something new when in fact it is not. At least in America, it is not yet as bad as it was for the early church. We’re not being stoned/crucified/beheaded/immolated in the streets. So some of this hate is endemic upon the church; they hated our master, naturally they will also hate us.

But some of this hate is new, and it is invited upon us by our own behavior. Proscriptions against sinful behavior are things which we can enforce only within the church. We were never called or appointed to be the morality police for the world. Occasions in which the church (or any other religion for that matter) have done this have rapidly descended into chaos and worse. The church is within its right to compel ministers engaging in sinful behavior to vacate their office. It is within its duty as defined in scripture for the church to put members out of its fellowship if they are living wantonly. Individual Christians are within their secular rights to petition, protest, demonstrate, and vote as their Christian conscience leads them. It is the duty of government to maintain the peace and dignity of the people and uphold the rule of law. Included in this is the expectation of safety and enforcement of public decency.

Who of us, when we became Christians, came to Christ as a shining example of righteousness? None. Likewise, we are in error when we try to impose our church discipline upon the world. It will not have the desired effect, and it will create–it has created–animosity toward the church and worse, toward the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I’m not a fan of gay rights and all that. I’m not a fan of same-sex marriage, so I will not be marrying a person of my sex. The church has really fumbled the ball here, and gotten involved in a civics battle in which we were never intended to engage. The licensing of marriages is a creation of the state, and is really nothing more than a scheme to score a few bucks off a thing that a lot of people do. The fact is that for millennia people have married in ceremonies according to their religious or cultural beliefs.

And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. Genesis 24:67 KJV

Did you get that? Jewish patriarch Isaac married Rebekah by bringing her into the tent. The NIV says “Isaac brought her into the tent…and he married her.” There was no ceremony, reception, or stomping champagne glasses in there. They consummated their marriage. Period. That was the ceremony. That was the wedding. Marriage is a ridiculously simple thing in the bible.

The church is behaving stupidly in this matter of same-sex marriage and, I believe, betraying the Great Commission.  Its behavior is comparable to the failure of the 1st century Israelites who were looking for a secular Messiah to come and overthrow their Roman oppressors, and so missed their King riding into town on a donkey.

You had one job, church–one job.

Homosexuality is a grave matter within the church. It has become a stumbling block to the real work of the church, and the church is the main reason. As I have said before, no practicing homosexual should be a minister in the church, nor should any practicing adulterer, thief, liar,  or gossiper (not an exhaustive list, by the way). Outside the church, these things are just facts of life. We are not here to change the world. Dominionism/Kingdom Now–the belief that the church must purify the world so Christ can return–is heresy, and what a heresy it is. We cannot purify our own thoughts and behaviors, yet somehow we are supposed to change the world up to God’s standards? What a joke! And that’s just one of its many heretical teachings.

I indict you, church, for your failure to execute the Great Commission, choosing instead to whore yourself out into the corruption of secular politics. You have failed. Rather than distribute that which you were given (the Gospel), you have elected to beat those whom you deem not as “holy” as you (and it extends far beyond homosexuality). The above scripture has a parallel in Matthew 24:45-51, and in it, it says “The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (vv. 50-51).

“And shall…appoint him his portion with the hypocrites.”

“Hypocrites.”

Do you want to halt the rising tide of the LGBT movement? Too bad, you blew your chance. A proper evangelizing of this country with the unadulterated Good News of Jesus Christ might just have thwarted it before it ever came. It will now have to run its course. Will you continue to shout to the state to give you Barabbas, or will you return to your task, that being the sharing of the Gospel with a lost world (yes, including those LGBTs)? Consider yourself warned.

Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

Luke 14:16-24 KJV

 

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Mark 16:15-18 KJV

 

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Revelation 22:17

 

Time to Choose

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The Fall of Rome

 

Every day now I see another story of alleged vote fraud, of the GOP overtly conspiring to deprive their very own front of the party’s nomination, and of the DNC blatantly stacking their “superdelegates” so that Clinton will easily win over Sanders. Out of all this, I see–more than I could have ever imagined–just how corrupt the American political machine is. When a Republican party official can say on national television that they pick the candidate, not the voters, what voice does a nation or its people have? For whatever one might think of Donald Trump, it is his presence in this campaign that has forced the revelation of this corruption to the surface. All the political world, both Democrat and Republican parties, have united in stopping Donald Trump. Just today it was announced that Colorado would have no caucus, and that all their delegates would go automatically to Trump’s opponent Ted Cruz. What did the GOP tweet about this? “We did it.” They did it. The successfully stole any potential delegates from their own leading candidate and the opportunity to vote for him or anybody else from Republican voters in Colorado. They changed the electoral process in Colorado to something more likely seen in the Soviet Union. The depth of the party’s mendacity is breathtaking.

This nation is adrift; we have no rudder. We cast off God decades ago, and it seems the time to pay the bill may be at hand. I’ve been reading a lot lately about the collapse of societies and civilizations–particularly of the fall of Rome and the medieval darkness that fell on Europe for a millennium afterwards. Amid the ruins of the Roman civitas, tribal chiefs and feudal lords arose to fill the vacuum, and over all arched the umbrella of the church, such as it was. Corrupt and apostate, still it did provide some unifying force throughout Europe. It could exert great control over leaders and their people simply by the threat of excommunication. Many people in America have likened our future to that of the Roman collapse, but I respectfully disagree; our collapse won’t be as gentle. America, if/when it fails, will not collapse like Rome. It will not die and fall down where others can come in, pick up the pieces, and carry on. America will fly apart. It will explode, and the pieces will take a very long time to collect, if indeed they ever are. Look at the state of American society. Even before any collapse has begun, it is fragmented nearly to death. Only the overbearing, and increasingly bloated, ineffectual, corrupt, and hated federal government holds the thing together. When the threat of punishment no longer has any terror–and that’s all the Federal government really contributes anymore–the centrifugal force of cultural revolution and cultural Marxism will fly us apart. We are a supremely immoral, conscienceless, and brutal people. Remove the referees, and the nation will be at each others’ throats. The stage is already set. Only an unmerited act of divine mercy can save us. Whether one will come, I cannot say.

I see some hope, but I am just another person, and I make a lot of mistakes and misjudgments. I see hope in the universal, overt fury directed at Donald Trump. Every facet of the world system hates him. They hate him so much they have willingly cast aside their facade to attack him. We see now what many have long suspected; the two-party system in America is a sham. There is one party with two faces, a living, breathing Hegelian dialectic. This gives me hope that Donald Trump is the real deal. I see these attacks and the blatant vote fraud carried out, by the Republicans no less, and I wonder how he can ever survive and overcome, and actually ascend to the Presidency. I then wonder, what if it is just another deception, and he too will send us to our destruction?

What a unique time it is in which we live. There is literally no one or nothing upon which we can pin our hopes. Our very world is coming apart. Today I read a series of articles from people not particularly given to spasms of Chicken Little-ing and who are reasonably rational, in which they project we have nine months until the collapse–January 2017. I presume they mean around the time when the Presidential inauguration happens (or is supposed to happen). The things they suggest one does to prepare, I cannot do, and the collapse they predict is vicious, a societal detonation of the worst kind. Regardless of what comes, we have this hope:

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I [Jesus] have overcome the world.  John 16:33 KJV

 

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Matthew 24:5-14 KJV

I think we’re there. I also believe that if we believers actually put down our iPhones for a few minutes and seek wisdom from God, he will direct us and empower us, not necessarily to survive the times ahead, although that is what I pray, but to overcome them, and in the process make some difference in something that is eternal. It’s time to begin disconnecting ourselves from this world system, to stop listening to their trash and lies. This is the end. Surely, if you have any notion of God, any concept of what it is to be a Christian, you must sense it. The time to choose whom we will serve is upon us.

God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods. Joshua 24:15

 

For Thou Art Vile

The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.

The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.

The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.

Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.

The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.

For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counseller.

Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.

For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.

And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.

Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.

Nahum 1:1-15 KJV

Let there be no misunderstanding. Though God be slow to anger, be certain His anger will kindle. How long can a holy God bear to watch the depravity of the human race? He has curbed his wrath since the flood waters receded under the ark of Noah, and yet mankind has not curbed his perversion and violence in the slightest. A people who persist in their idolatries has the audacity to mock the living God. There is none more worthy of his fury. Who are you, that he should refrain even one second longer?

And yet, refrain he does. Use your time to revel and blaspheme. “The lips of fools … invite a beating” (Proverbs 18:6). Why repent now, when you have lived as you wish with impunity? You mock God for his merciful forbearance of your stupidity. Choose your sin–it doesn’t matter which. Strut about for your “rights.” You have no excuse. You shriek that there is no God, but the very earth you worship declares his glory.

Why should I tell you again of his love for you, when all you do is spit on him like the drunken Roman thugs who crucified him? You have heard more times than you deserve, and every time you make lewd and repulsive jests at his expense.

Worship your Earth goddess and your spirit guides. Devils every one in the guise of light. Drink yourself stupid and vomit it all up so you can go again. Pledge yourself to the darkness and mock the light. Venerate the perverse. Murder the innocent. Cheat the simple. Oppress the weak. Defy the Almighty.

“I WILL MAKE THY GRAVE; FOR THOU ART VILE.”

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:6-9

Trump is crushing a corrupt system and teaching Christian leaders a lesson

You know that feeling when you’ve had a festering splinter in your thumb and it finally comes out? That is the feeling I had when I read Mario Murillo’s blog post–not for his statements on Trump, but his statement on the contemporary church. The flaccid, effeminate church in America needs a vicious slap back to reality, and from the looks of the Barna poll, it’s the pastors–not the parishioners–who need the slap. I’ve fallen out of touch with Mario Murillo’s ministry over the years, but I heard him regularly back in the 1990s. It doesn’t sound like he’s gotten soft in the past twenty years.

Mario Murillo Ministries


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By Mario Murillo

No he is not a fascist.  No he is not racist.  No, he does not think most Mexicans are rapists.  No, he does not want to herd Muslims into camps.  No I am not campaigning for him for president. If you believe any of that—save us both time and skip this blog. This blog is about how he is crushing a corrupt system and teaching Christian leaders a lesson.

Trump got the same say-this-and-die memo that the leftist media issues to all candidates. He refused to comply.   They hate him because he did not have the decency to die.   They have thrown everything at him and not only does he live—his poll numbers rise.

The state-sponsored media and the professional politicians are so desperate that they have been forced to take extreme measures.  Hollywood stars…

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