Clip: Francis Chan tells it like it is regarding the Bible.

In this clip, Francis Chan tells us and gives his thoughts on one the principle problems going on in modern western Christianity: The continual downgrading and twisting of the Bible.

Note: This clip is an excerpt from a sermon from Crazy Love Ministries. Original video is here:

American Gospel: Christ Alone and the Death of the American Dream

As we are currently living in our new pandemic normal in the reprobate nation of the year 2020, I got to watch the 2018 documentary American Gospel: Christ Alone. I was pleasantly surprised by how well made and biblically sound this movie is. American Gospel is chock full of massive red pills and hard hitting questions that American believers need to start asking and meditating on. 

Directed and written by a young believer named Brandon Kimber, American Gospel: Christ Alone is a critique, examination, and a thorough deep dive into contemporary americanized Christianity. Including, predominantly, an heavy discourse on the “Prosperity Gospel” and Word-of-Faith movements. The movie has so many jarring red pills coming from all angles that it was very hard to keep up with the many truth-bombs being thrown in the film. In terms of quality, the movie is on par with many other excellent, well-made documentaries. The film is loaded with well-known biblical teachers and preachers, though some briefly. Voddie Baucham, Paul Washer, Ray Comfort, John MacArthur, and many others make appearances in the film to share the pressing issues going on in the Church in America. Despite these big names, the film mostly concentrates on some smaller characters. Such as the amazing testimony of Katherine Berger, a mother with a rare genetic disorder that makes her chronically ill. This was easily one of the most captivating parts of the film hearing how she went from a healthy atheist, to getting sick, and her family and her coming to Christ and navigating their faith through her illness. Justin Peters is also featured in the documentary and he tells his origin story on why he is against the Prosperity Gospel. His story is particularly interesting considering he suffers from Cerebral Palsy and had a couple of run-ins with faith healers in his journey. 

Kimber wastes no time in this movie as the documentary is very fast paced, never wasting a second of its two hour, thirty minute runtime. The film runs the gambit of major issues inside the Church in America and includes:

-Grace vs Works

-Jesus in the Old Testament

-The Goal of Preaching

-What is true Happiness?


-The inerrancy of Scripture

-Proper Discernment

-The Nature of Christ

-The Trinity

-Signs and Wonders

-Preaching the Gospel correctly

-The cost of following Christ

-The obsession with unifying the Church with other religions

-Faith and miracles

-The sovereignty of God

American Gospel goes to great length to touch upon all of these topics that are affecting the American Church today. And while there are so many countless books and essays on nearly all these important issues of our time, the movie does a good job on at least touching the bulletin points of these often debated subjects. 

Still, the main issue the movie addresses is the often lambasted Word-of-Faith movement, and the prosperity gospel. The usual suspects are front and center as we get a large dose of Benny Hinn, Todd White, Joel Olsteen, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, and much, much more of the prosperity crowd. 

In researching for this film, I watched an interview from Kimber on Doreen Virtue’s youtube channel. Kimber was briefly part of the Prosperity movement until he watched the infamous “Shocking Youth Message” by Paul Washer. This was the beginning of him learning about reformed theology, and the more he dove into scripture, the more he was pulled away from the word-of-faith crowd. With this in mind, it is not shocking that the movie is so very critical of the Benny Hinns and Todd Whites of the world. I know some of you out there will roll your eyes thinking this movie is some cringe Calvinistic propaganda piece. And yes, the way some promote Calvinism is embarrassing and it does produce face-palming cringe, but Kimber does an excellent job at not browbeating the audience with heavy 4-D Chess-level reformed doctrine and there is not one mention of the TULIP in the movie. Kimber is not wasting his audience time by explaining to them the wonders of Limited Atonement or the doctrine of Perseverance of the Saints. He goes right to the heart of some of American Christianity’s biggest doctrinal issues and leaves some of the more heavy theological debates at the door. 

This leaves us with one of the film’s flaws, which is the criticism of the Word-of-faith/Prosperity Gospel movement itself. This is, however, just personal preference. I have been a professional wrestling fan since I was a toddler so I know when I am being conned, shilled, worked, or someone is pulling my leg (I’m looking at you Todd). After all, pro wrestling is fake and even at the beginning journey with Christ, with basic knowledge of the four gospels, I could discern that people like Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland were hucksters just by what they were preaching. What was more interesting wasn’t the critique of the prosperity gospel itself, but the theological reaping that the Prosperity Gospel sowed and what it looks like in modern American Christianity. 

But even with that being said. The cold hard facts is that many, yes many, follow the errors of the Joel Olsteens of the world and this error must be addressed.  American Gospel might be the best nonacademic critique of this movement. 

Even with a movie like this that is rich in good doctrine and makes their points well, I know some boomers will make mouth noises and slobber out the usual defenses and tropes associated with contemporary american christianity. They will scoff, not take it seriously, and complain about legalism, and about division, and about this and that to defend the buffoonery going on. They will also go to the extreme asking if this is a matter of losing your salvation. But this is a fair question to ask if this is a gospel issue. I personally believe someone can be saved through the Todd Whites and Steven Ferticks of the world. After all, both are amazing speakers and have a ton of zeal even though their doctrine is heretical. But I believe, if these new converts are truly the Lord’s, God will draw those believers out of their churches. Yes, the Lord works through these questionable men to fulfill his purposes. But at what point does God work through these men in spite of their teachings? It is interesting because Paul himself said that some men will preach out of selfish ambition, but that the important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. But that leaves us with an even bigger question, are these men preaching about the Jesus in the Bible? Or are they preaching a false Jesus? This is a humongous question every preacher needs to ask themselves before they open their mouth when they get to the pulpit. And yes, the movie does address this exact question and does it brilliantly. 

It is a tough situation because we try not to divide the Church and discern out of love. This is why it is so important to study scripture and why the Bible should be the standard and the rock of what we preach. This is one of the principle problems with the western world today, that we have no respect for scripture. 

I often meditated while watching this movie how someone can get entangled in the prosperity gospel movement. The truth is, that we are all guilty of this at one point in our lives. We only care about getting what we want from God, and when we do receive what we want, we often do not give thanks to Him. Instead of Christ being enough in our lives, we instead make Him an accessory to go along with our picture of Ronald Regan or that autographed book of Das Kapital depending where you swing in the political sandwich. We have no respect for the Bible, and ultimately we do not believe what the Holy scriptures say. And in the end we craft out of our 401ks, an idol more like the pegan God of the USA, Santa Claus, and call it God or Jesus. It’s the same old story, from Genesis, to Exodus, to Israel, to the current era in the United States, we continually break the very first commandment and instead of worshiping the Almighty Creator God, we chase after other Gods. Nothing is new under the sun

I often debate with friends if people are just very stupid and thats why they won’t believe in the truth. But… I think we all need to step back and look at the condition of the western man’s heart in the context of a dying American Dream. For so long the US has promoted the idea of the American Dream: A Big McMansion, a wife, couple of kids, an upwards career or factory job that gives you a comfortable middle class wage, a retirement fund, a healthy body and the freedom to do whatever business you want. This is the ideal. But as we roll along in the year of our Lord 2020 and America metamorphs into Clownworld, all these dreams are melting away in the eyes of the Millennial and Zoomer generations. House prices are astronomical, feminism and soy products have all but destroyed the family unit, we are metamorphosing into a gig economy and the middle class jobs have all but disappeared, we are constantly eating and drinking poison which in turn, are destroying our bodies. And many are shackled by student loan debt, effectively making a slave class that will take them the rest of their lives to pay it off. This is just from the younger generation perspective, as even the boomers are being heavily affected by the downgrade of the nation and the idols are being shattered left and right by God’s judgement. And this is only the tip of the iceberg.

We often chase our whole lives after the almighty dollar bill. Some people are trapped under the yoke of debt, others desperately try to advance up the corporate ladder, or make the sales mark, all to get one taste of the sweet nectar of a cash bonus or raise. Some are very very poor, and not by their own doing. Some just have bad luck. Is it no wonder that a lot of people gravitate to these hucksters to cling onto any hope they can? Any simpliecnce of hope or control of their own lives? To just grasp and hold onto some hope that maybe, just maybe, God can give them wealth or a healthy body or whatever just to get some relief? 

Yet this is not what the gospel really is. The Gospel is a radical call for all men, both mighty and weak, both wealthy and poor, both healthy and sick, both tall and small, to repent and believe the good news. That though we were still sinners, Christ died for our sins, according to scripture. And rose after the third day, according to scripture. That Holy God, though we are sinners, so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. That whoever so believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. That salvation comes from, is given from, and belongs to God, for His glory. This is not a political theory, or accessory, or silly little trinket you can put next to that polaroid of your favorite false political messiah. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life.  To be born again, to experience a new life, with new hopes and dreams, and loving the things that God loves and hating the things God hates. To have a new heart and real, true hope. To not die, but to live, in a new Heavens and New Earth without the pain and the heartbreak and the depression of our age.

This is why the red pill is so hard for people to swallow. Because the Prosperity Gospel’s doctrine is not how the world really works. Just a reading through Eccestiaties shatters every doctrine of the PG movement. Because to the materialistic man, the Jesus Christ of the Bible is foolishness. Because of people’s sin nature, and their love for sin,  they will harden their hearts to the truth, and instead chase after a gospel that will cater to the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life. To have their ears tickled and tell them what they want to hear. This is why the Prosperity Gospel is so dangerous, because it placaites to the carnal man who is chasing the things that are passing away instead of the Heavenly things that will last for eternity. They follow these teachers and follow their carnal hearts, and in the end they perish or wind up even more broken-hearted and lost when they start. Quite simply, the Prosperity Gospel is God’s judgement on a nation that is reprobate and will not turn to the truth. 

Still, what is true riches? What is true healing? What is the Kingdom of Heaven like? This is why Katherine Berger’s story in this film is so compelling. Because this is a woman whose body is breaking down constantly with horrific ailments, yet Berger has the clarity to know that God loves her, and that she is blessed despite her condition. We see that she has wonderful children, a wonderful husband and you can see that spirit of life in her eyes. She even says she wouldn’t trade her old atheist life with a healthy body for her current situation. Because her relationship with God is stronger each day because she needs Him. To know Christ is to gain. How many of us could really say that about God if we were in her situation? How many of us would curse God to His face if we had cancer, or paralyzed, or any other ailment? This is what makes the book of Job (which the movie does talk about) such an important read, because Job, despite losing everything, refuses to curse God. To walk through the darkest valleys this world offers, and not fear any evil but trusting and praising God, THAT is true power, a true gift, and a true blessing. Because we all come in naked in this world and we can’t take anything out of the world when we leave, even our own bodies.

Does this mean that there is no more miraculous healing? Or signs and wonders? Or speaking in tongues?  Should we turn away or dull ourselves to the possibility of signs and wonders in the technological new millennium? Should we forget to pray to God for the healing of our bodies? By no means! There are stories all the time from outside the United States of signs and wonders, all in the advancement of God’s kingdom. After all, this is the same God who created the Heavens and Earth, parted the red sea, and raised His Son from the dead. Many western-minded people will cry and ask for a sign, for photo or video evidence, or scientific proof for signs and wonders, but the Lord will not be put to the test. We should pray for healing, but we must first seek His Kingdom first, then everything we ask will be granted to us. 

American Gospel: Christ Alone is a well-made, laborious wake-up call to those who proclaim Christ as Lord and savior. The good thing about this film is it came out (2018) at just the right time as the United States is currently going through a state of turmoil. As the idols of money, wealth, and health get shattered, what will people do and who will they turn to? Will they turn to the Jesus of the Bible, or an idol to look like Jesus. When turmoil comes to us and our house, will we turn to the Jesus of the Bible or will we stumble and deny Him? The life of a believer in Christ is brutal and hard, and requires us to deny ourselves, pick up our cross, and follow Him. But what is the Kingdom of Heaven like? 

Matthew 13:44-46 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Preachers will preach about the cost to following Christ, and rightfully so, but seldom will they preach about what they gain, or what it is like to gain Christ. The gospel is not about the systematic face-palming “DURR HURR get-out-of-hell-free” card. It is not a political philosophy, not a wealth and health scheme, it does not care about your religion, or twelve steps to a happy life. It ignores and laughs at what you think the world’s problems and solutions are. It is not an apologetics tract or scientific foundation. The Gospel is the way, the life, and quite simply, the truth. The truth about the wickedness of fallen man, the world, the fate of a fallen world, and the truth about God, his character, and His redemptive plan through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately during the end times, men will not tolerate sound doctrine, but with itching ears they will gather around themselves teachers to suit their own desires. So they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. What America Gospel shows to us is that it is now more important than ever to preach the authentic gospel, without tricks, without the Mickey Mouse tactics or seeker-friendly buffoonery. As the Day of the Lord approaches, we must stay firm and preach the truth, in love, to all who would believe. The truth is that all men have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, that all men deserve the all-consuming fires of the judgement to come. But God, rich in mercy, and grace, sent His only Son, the Lord Jesus, to die in our place. And behold! God raised Christ Jesus from the dead and now He sits at the right hand of the father. This is the good news to all those who believe in the name Jesus. The gift of salvation and eternal life to all those who believe. Let us preach the proclamation in joy and true hope in a hopeless world. Is America a “Christian” nation as it likes to claim it is? I would like to think it is, but the truth is I do not believe America, or any nation currently, can uphold this claim in a world so secular and foreign to the scriptures. American Gospel shows that there is still work to be done, that America needs the Great Commission more than ever. And I think this is the perfect time, in all this chaos, to preach. Not Republican party talking points, or the SJW gospel, but of Christ crucified, and the resurrection of the dead.

Poem: The Lord is my Strength

The Lord is my strength, I shall not abdicate

He gives me rest when my body is weak 

He comforts me when my soul is in pain

He humbles me in the pride of my victories 

And uplifts my spirit in the agony of defeat

He disciplines me in the way, for His name’s sake

He trains me in the truth, for His honor

And plans the paths to life, for His Glory

Though I sail through the storm of life’s inequities

And charge through the winds of wickedness

I shall fear no evil, for You are with me

Your truth is the belt that hold me together

Your righteousness guards my heart and breath

My feet are equipped with your gospel of peace

Your faith is like a shield that protects me from attack

You put on my head a helmet of salvation

You train me with your Word, which is sharper than a sword.

Truly I will persevere!

The fiery arrows of evil have been quenched!

Your Son has overcome the whole world! 

Oh death, where is your sting?

The grave is no more!

I will not trust in my own strength but trust in the strength of God Almighty!

Through His Word alone he has slayed armies

Through His power he swept away nations into oblivion

Through His Son He has conquered the wayward world and the grave of sin

The battle is won! 

It is finished! 

Truly Christ will reign as King all the days of my life

And He will share the spoils of victory

Forever and ever….

A Message to Followers of Christ who Feel Invisible or Ignored…

We often live in an attention hungry society. Social media has inflamed the pride of life where we are obsessed with getting likes and thumb-ups instead of the approval of God. Because of this many feel left out or ignored, especially the local congregations struggling to survive. God, through Paul Washer, gives a special message to the local Pastors and humble followers of Christ who feel invisible, ignored, or left out.

Note: This is from the 2017 G3 Conference Session 6 of Paul Washer. All content of the G3 Conference is protected under copyright law.

Original Video is here (video is worth listening):…

G3 Conference Channel is here:…

Chronavirus: Facemasks, Trials, Depression, and Joy in the Madness

As the madness of the year 2020 rolls on and as we approach the midpoint of the year, there seems to be a spiritual low point going on. Just when we thought the chronavirus saga was dying down, it once again swirled back up as health officials claim there is an upsurge in cases and once again, cities across the United States are either shutting down, or placing ridiculous ordinances such as forcing those outside to wear a mask.

Whether or not you believe the chronavirus is real or some kind of political ruse is not really the major problem that is going on. And whether you believe masks can stop chronavirus, or is some kind of weird power trip by Karens running the government is not the point. What is going on, as I stated in previous articles, is that there is a demonic spirit at work in the United States and in every fabric of public life that we live in. How anyone cannot see the masks, and the “social distancing” signs and not think that it is demonic is beyond me. 

What makes the mask so eerie and wrong is that they dehumanize a person that is wearing one. No longer can you see the person’s face. No longer can you see their facial expressions. No love or hate, no smile or frown, no general curiosity or disgust, no friendly gestures or sarcastic smirks, no laughter or agony. Hell, sometimes you cannot even hear the person talking depending on if they are wearing a bandana or not. It is just a blank slake. Sure, some people can choose to wear custom made masks or other headgear to show uniqueness or personality. But ultimately everyone is anonymous when it comes to the masks. It reminds me of what we are online. Social media and the internet in general is full of anonymous posers, fakers, and other “blank” people that can do or say whatever their heart pleases. Even in the world of social media, we are only static pictures of what we want to show the world. No one ever poses a pic of themselves in their bed crying at night, in the bathroom puking because of an overdose, in their car after a severe bout of depression, or on their knees in their closet praying to God for a miracle. No, none of these things we dare show to the internet. We only want to show an illusion of what we want to be instead of who we really are deep down inside. 

It is easy to backslide into old habits and old pasts in a time like this when you have no work, no friends, nothing to do, no one to hang out with, and are isolated. It is easy to slide into pornography, drugs, social media baffonary, video game addiction, junk food addiction, alcohol, and all the other vices of mans heart. We become more abusive to our family, more sharp-tongued against our neighbors, and turn our rage against our fellow man at a store for just doing their job. The children are abused and the elderly are neglected. Through this one moment in time, God is exposing the hidden idols of man’s heart and putting even the elect to the test. It is especially hard for single people like me who suffer from extreme loneliness and depression. It is very hard being forced to be at home when you have no one to come home to. The places to hang out are shut down. And no one wants to hangout because they are afraid of the virus. It is a NEET’s paradise come to life as we are all now living the gamer’s lifestyle. This is in contrast to the married individual, who will now be put to the test as he is forced to spend all day with their family as the jobs they escaped to have been taken away. In a lot of cases, married people experience extreme loneliness, some even worse than singles. A lot of people have no job anymore. Careers have been crushed and identities have been trampled on. 

It’s one thing during times of peace to be gung-ho saying we must have love and joy during troubled times. It’s another when you are right in the middle of a nationwide crisis, so much so that your mental patience is being challenged as all your social activities and work are shut down and your vices and deep fears of isolation are brought before you forcibly. It is a massive disadvantage spiritually to live in a country like the United States due to the fact we have so many distractions, pleasures and idols we can dive into to feed our flesh. We are well fed and well entertained. The Romans had bread and circuses, and in America we have Pornhub and McDonalds to keep us from opening our eyes to what is going on. The only reason why the country is not in total meltdown mode is because we still have access to plenty of food and no one is starving.

But while we may not be starving physically, we are starving spiritually. Just this past week I spent a portion of my Sunday seeing if there was a church open. And yet there were none. Despite some states and municipalities easing restrictions on churches, many of them choose to be closed or move their services online. And I get it why many church leaders are choosing to stay closed. What if someone’s child or an elderly person gets sick and dies? No one wants that in their conscience. And who can forget the army of lawyers salivating over the thought of suing a church like a bunch of vultures circling a dying man. No pastor ever wants to deal with a shyster lawyer. 

The truth is, no matter how many zoom calls, or streaming online services we do, it is still not what makes church “church.” The church is a community, a family of people of all types of backgrounds. Yet the one thing we have in common is that we are followers of Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. We stir each other up to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, but encouraging one another. It’s not the business of Christianity Inc and Big Eva that I am hurting over but the overall community in lockdown mode and people getting split over how the church should respond. 

It is a very messy situation with no clear cut answer.  because no one knows what is really going on right now or what is true and what is false. What is true and not false is that the situation going on is leaving people isolated and splitting the Bride of Christ in two. There is an army of lawyers, media scoundrels, Karens with iphones, and law enforcement ready to pounce on a local church to bring them down as has already happened with many churches.

Still, there is a silver lining to all this madness. God is in control, and always uses something as bad as a pandemic to further His glory. Many people are now waking up and taking the red pill. Many are finally coming to, and coming back to Christ. As the madness of the world grows, the Bible gets more magnified. As darkness overtakes the land, the gospel shines more brighter. Church leaders are hard at work and being creative to not neglect the elect. Some are having outdoor meetings,  some are using a drive-in approach. Others are going back to the original method of home church or small groups, meeting at a home where they will not be harassed by law enforcement. The church leaders are hard at work to make sure their flock is fed and kept safe. 

Despite the work God is doing in the background, that does not make this trial any less painful. How exactly does one have joy in the face(mask) of such wild mental calamity? Love and joy are some of the fruits of the Holy Spirit that all believers should have. It is one thing to have joy during times of peace, it’s another when you are going through times of trials and tribulations. Yet God ordains the changing of the times and the seasons of our life. And God has written eternity on all of man’s heart. It is a part of being created in His image, that we were originally designed to be eternal beings. Yet we are so focused on the now and the things of this world which are passing away. We desire pleasure and to avoid all pain instead of looking at our seasons through the lens of eternity. This is a symptom of the fall and man’s sinful nature.

Still how can one find joy in a time of suffering? It is interesting reading John and the Priestly Prayer of Jesus Christ before his coronation on the cross: 

John 16:19- 22: 19 Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, “Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’? 20 Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. 21 A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.

This is in context of Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection, but the point I am making is that we are so focused on the pain of the moment instead of looking at the bigger picture of our sanctification and the new birth. Suffering and pain can co-exist. A pregnant woman has both suffering and joy. Suffering from the labor pains but rejoicing because she is bringing a newborn to the world. A sick man may be in pain and suffering through brutal treatment, but rejoices when he is cured of his aliment. A soldier may suffer the trials and tribulations of his training, but rejoices when his perfected warcraft brings him victory over his enemy. Though we are suffering now, we hope for a better future, a better tomorrow, and a new heavens and new Earth because of the cross of Christ and the gospel of salvation. It is written that creation itself is groaning in labor pains, as do we who believe in the Name above all names. As believers we have the first fruits of the Spirit, we groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, and the resurrection of our bodies. 

Nothing lasts forever and nothing is new under the sun. God has ordained the passages of our lives and the fact is, every human being goes through trials and tribulations. Believers and pagans, young and old, married and single, rich and poor, familys, tribes, and nations, and even the world itself cannot escape the storm. It is written also that all men are appointed to die once, then face the judgement. Though it might seem that the world is against you, the fact is no one knows what goes through their neighbor or brother’s heart except God himself. 

God disciplines and rebukes those who He loves. Could it be God is preparing us for the real persecution to come? After all, the churches being shutdown due to the virus is nothing compared to the historic and continued persecution of believers in Christ where life and death is one the line. We are a very rich and fat nation with much to lose while those of other countries and cultures have nothing to lose other than their life and many are gladly willing to die for the faith if they ever receive such an honor. Will those in the United States who claim to believe in Christ be willing to possibly go to jail or even lose their life for Christ and the gospel? Jesus even said that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. With man, it is impossible, but with God, all things are possible. I am in no way downplaying persecution of the church in the United States because many, and I mean many, have paid dearly for following Christ in the US in the forms of breakups, divorces, job loses, friendship losses, family disownment, monetary losses, and much much more. But it is one thing facing these 1st world problems and another when you are staring at the barrel of a gun and your life’s on the line. Will we pass the test or be like Peter and deny Him? I write this to you because I have thought about this scenario for myself many times over, if I have that strong enough faith of Jesus Christ that I will be willing to lay down my life for the gospel. Thank God that He is merciful and if that time ever arises that the Holy Spirit will give us strength. It is something to think about and meditate over. 

Despite going through severe depression, I will give thanks to the Lord because by gazing at the cross of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, I know that He has loved me and has cleansed me of my many sins. I have been blessed multiple times in my life despite not earning or deserving any of them. And even if I was not blessed, He still deserves my praise because God’s greatness of Holiness is beyond any human or heavenly host’s comprehension. Let us be joyful of our trial as the day of the Lord draws near when all tears will be dried up and all pain will fade. 

Poem: The Creator God/The Sinful work of man

How great are you? Creator God.

You spoke the world into existence.

You crafted the Heavens of the universe.

Oceans and Sky.

Sun and Moon.

Beast of Earth and Sea.

From dust you made Man. And breathed life into his nostrils.

All of these are crafted from your mouth.

Mighty is the Word of the Creator God Almighty.

What is a man’s work compared to you God?

All a man’s toil is meaningless, all turns to ash. 

From dust we are made, to dust we will become and all in our wake is ash.

Cities created,  and by the winds of the west, cities destroyed.

Nations rise up, and by the winds of the east are blown away.

Men can build great legacies and bring glory to themselves.

But in the end all is folly.

A mere generation can destroy everything a mighty man makes.

Their inheritance wasted, their empires crumble, their works thrown away in the bin.

And all that remains is a footnote in forgotten books in forgotten tongues.

The mightiest works of men are nothing but filthy rags to your sight oh God.

A wretched stench it brings forth.

Unsightly to your eyes.

Blashemphy to your ears.

Tasteless, and unfeeling. 

It is written that man’s pride is an abomination to you Almighty God.

Yet we erect our pride like a statue in a city. 

Haughty and arrogant. 

How horrible is it, the hearts of man, oh God?

We build with our hands idols to satisfy our own desires.

Wicked is the man who creates their own gods and chases after them.

Their bellies are never filled.

Their members are never satisfied.

A constant chasing after wind is their life.

A constant yearning for flesh that dies.

In the end we build with our hands darkened hearts.

Hearts that are hardened by life’s iniquity that we drink desperately like water.

Our work turns to weapons. Our tongues spit out daggers.

No mercy, no remorse, unforgiving, unloving, and with no appreciation.

In the end the building that is our heart crashes down by the storms of life.

Because that house was not built on the rock, but the sand.

You Lord, are the crusher of idols!

With your powerful hammer you break a man’s spirit.

The wicked have no rest, the unjust have no quarter.

The wise man who builds libraries has become a fool.

The Rich man who has built treasure in their houses has become poor.

Those who amass the praises of men have become infamous in a blink of an eye.

Those who build their lives on seeking the pleasures of this life die soulless.

Those who sow the wind against you, have reaped the whirlwind of your wrath.

The wages of a man’s sinful work is death.

His body deteriorates

His mind grows dim.

His love waxes cold.

We chase after the wind of our youth but in the end we end up our sinful hopes and dream of iniquities crumble into the dust we were made. To dust we are made to dust we will become. 

The soul that sins dies. 

In the end the hearts we craft in our own image are abominable, disgusting, abhorrent, and wretched. 

What man can compare to the mighty works of the living God?

Who can compare to God’s masterpiece? The cross of His only Begotten Son.

From the moment man fell, you began a great work to bring redemption.

Though the Earth was flooded by the waters of your wrath, you merely cleared the foundation.

Through an old woman’s dead womb, you brought forth the son of the promise.

Through your signs and wonders you brought your chosen people out of a powerful nation.

Year after year, generation after generation.

Your mighty judgement and redemption was echoed through the ages.

Until the final piece of your grand plan was erected.

The Son of God lifted up, crucified, as an atonement for our iniquities.

Though we were still sinners, the Christ, the Messiah, died for us. 

The Ultimate work of your glory. The ultimate symbol of your infinite love.

Who can stand before this work that not even the angels can comprehend?

What man can truly comprehend the gospel? This masterpiece you have made?

For God can speak galaxies upon galaxies into existence.

But dare I say what makes you the most Holy of craftsman is what you do with man’s corrupt heart with the blood of your only begotten Son.

For with this blood you wash away a man’s sin and give him a new heart.

Not of stone, but of flesh, with your law written on it.

To break a prideful spirit into one that is poor and needy for your grace.

To give them a spirit of mourning, so you can comfort them.

To shatter their hatefulness and put in its place, meekness.

To put in them a thirst for righteousness.

To craft in them a spirit of mercy.

A pure heart you craft from an abominable heart.

A peacemaker you make them instead of a warmonger.

Sons of God you create from the ashes of a hellbound heart.

From a fearful heart, you made them bold in the face of persecution.

Blessed they truly are!

Holy is the Lord who saves the wretched man with the blood of the Lamb.

Holy is the Lord who wraps them with the Holy Spirit, who plants the seeds of his salvation.

Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who is all loving, all powerful, all merciful, who wipes the tears of those suffering a broken heart. In Him we find rest from our works. To those who trust in their own works, He will judge them accordingly, but to those who trust in the works of His only Begotten Son, He gives them eternal life, and the right to be called sons of God.

What Is Everyone Really Hoping For?

America, the western world, and the globe as a whole, has been through traumatic days in the past couple of months from the Coronavirus Pandemic, to its economic, cultural and political consequences, to the ongoing protest over the death of George Floyd. We certainly live in interesting times. Of course, being a keen observer of culture and the sign of the times, I see a culture of fear, anger, and a general madness sweeping the United States. It seems you can’t go anywhere on the web without the culture talking about the crisis-of-the-month or turn on the TV and be bombarded with native advertising, horrific news, talking heads with agendas, and general buffoonery. And while you can always switch off the TV, or put the cellphone down, the general feeling is one of a broken morale. It is very hard to see a smile behind a mask or join with friends at a bar when everyone is living on the edge.

This brings me to a very difficult question (when you think about it) to followers of Jesus Christ: What are people’s real hope? What are people living for? What drives them? What do they really protest about? Is the hope we are living for worth even living in? Is the hope we live for worth fighting over it? Is the hope we live for worth dying for? What is the endgame of our hope?

It cannot be said enough that we live in a broken, sinful world, with sinful men and demonic principalities pulling the strings of the current broken system, or cosmos we are in. If you live outside the western world where real persecution of followers of Christ is taking place, you know exactly what I am talking about. But the problem in the United States is people do not know just how screwed up the “system” really is, or just how depraved and wicked a man’s heart really is. And while some may claim they have a form of godliness, they over all deny its power. If man cannot understand how broken the world is, and how the judgement is coming, then how can he have any form of real hope if they think everything is ok? If you are using Jesus Christ’s sacrifice as a “get-out-of-hell-free card” you are missing the whole point and just the magnitude of His’s sacrifice and of God’s infinite love and mercy that no man, not even angels, can comprehend

What is going on in the world currently is not even the tip of the iceberg to the major problems that are really going on. Many people want to focus or do massive group-think or have a hive mind mentality when it comes to the wrongs of the world when they can’t, or won’t step back and look at the sheer cosmic state of our world. There is massive unemployment going on, and the jobs currently available are service-based part time work. What is even more tragic is the loss of meaning in our work, or even the shattering of the idol known as the life-long-career and the college degree. We can thank the baby boomer generation for propping that one up. Abortion went from a solumn activity to celebrated by demonic women. Even the Baal worshipers were not that deranged when it came to child sacrifice. There is a very deep generational plague of loneliness and isolation being lashed upon the millennial and zoomer generation that I can’t even begin to scratch the surface of. Violence is being escalated, both physically and psychological thanks to social media. The most striking thing I am witnessing is the unforgiving nature of people. The apology has been weaponized. 

And this is only a small fraction of our deep heart problems.

This again, leads with the question: What is our hope? For some, it is money and a career. But glory from a career fades, all turns to dust, and possessions and fortunes are scattered. This is meaningless, and a great misfortune. For some, it is activism, to be a part of something greater than yourself. But this too, is meaningless. Political false messiahs come and go. Political parties come and go. And all is left is the ash bins of history. This is also vanity and a great evil. Some just check out entirely and live for pleasure and to satisfy all their desires.  But in the end, everything is meaningless, they chase after the wind, and nothing is gained under the sun. What type of life is that? 

This is why the cross of Christ is so powerful when put in the context of this broken world. That while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. That His death, burial, and resurrection is the real, true hope we have. This is not some demented ticket to get out of Hell that Christianity Inc has watered down to, but precious sacrificial blood to give to an all powerful, all righteous, all merciful, all loving Holy God. This is perfect blood, provided by God himself, as a free gift, before the foundations of the world were set in place, to cleanse one’s sin. This is the door to the Ark, provided by God himself, before the coming judgement. Where God will judge the world with fire, and everything will be made new. The fact is, the world as we know it, with our sinful natures and the sinful nature of others is hopeless without salvation from God himself. 

This hope we have isn’t just about the resurrection of the dead. But it is the new birth. To be born again with a new heart. To love the things of God and not of this world. To receive the Holy Spirit, that helps and comforts us. To grow is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. That Jesus Christ has won the battle, and His Kingdom is here and advancing further. That Christ has overcome the world, and that we have peace. What will a man do to have peace in his heart? 

Even with this real hope, there is still a struggle to grasp this way, truth and life that is Jesus. We struggle and toil with our problems and issues. Struggle, failure, heartbrokenness, strife, depression, suffering, and death are all storms that come in our life. It is easy for a man to become a beast and curse God in the middle of the whirlwind and end up becoming a child of hell. Yet God is there in the middle of the storm. God is there with us in the darkest valley, guiding our path with His staff. It is easy for man to curse God in His and lose hope in His distress, but it takes real power, only through the Holy Spirit, to praise God and have joyous hope in your heart in your distress and pain. 

As an ecclesia, we must examine ourselves. Are we holding on to this real hope? Are we sharing this real hope? Are we turning to a secular doctrine of demons? Or doctrines of grace? Where are we putting our faith in? Are we looking at the world through the secular eyes or the lens of the scriptures? Are we putting our faith in our works? Or the work that Jesus already did? Are we putting hope in a political messiah, or constitution, or putting hope in the risen King and His eternal Word? 

My brothers and sister, I challenge you to have joy in these dark days. We have real hope. Not hope like the world has, but hope that brings salvation to men. 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.

George Floyd, Sin, The Gospel, What is Really Going and Hope.

It has been a difficult week for America as the protests and riots of George Floyd’s death by Minnosota police officers continues. There has been a nearly unprecedented, worldwide rioting and demonstrations over his death and the real conflict between the black community and law inforcment. 

I recommend listening to a great podcast called “Just Thinking” specifically the episode where they discuss George Floyd and the gospel. I agree with nearly everything these brothers in Christ say. But one part really struck out at me that gets to the heart of what is wrong with the American church today in the context of the violent protesting going on. The serious question of what people think the gospel is? What do Americans, and even the whole western world think the gospel really is? This goes at the crux, the very heart at why the church is in the state it is in, with many falling away from the faith and going to charletons who will scratch their itching ears and tell them what they want them to hear (2 Timothy 4:3). 

Overall, I agree with what Darrell Harrison’s and Virgil Walker’s theory is that people in America do not believe what the Bible says is true. They either have no respect for the Bible, don’t believe in it’s power, or flat out reject God’s word. It is a simple matter of unbelief. Despite the whirlwind of issues relating to police brutality and the black community, all of which have now been politicized, the real crux of the issues at hand have to do with the wickedness of the human heart (Mark 7:21-23). Racism is a heart issue. No amount of policy changes, rioting, or protesting can change the human heart. But even though it is impossible with man, all things are possible with God (Matthew 19:26). Only God can change the heart of man (Deuteronomy 30:6) and give them a new spirit (Ezekiel 36:26). This comes by hearing and having faith in God’s only begotten son, Jesus Christ (Romans 10:17). 

Still. There are so many reasons why western “christianity” is in the state it is in and the issue is too complex for one article. But what we are seeing with so many people on the streets rioting, some almost mindlessly, is the fruits of deep generational unbelief in anything Godly. Thus the wrath of God is being revealed towards them, and they became vain in their reasoning and their senseless minds were darkened (Romans 1:21). People are so broad-minded on this issue of social justice and systematic racism, that they are not looking at the bigger, more cosmic picture. That being the issue of man’s sinful heart, and that we all, of every race, tribe, nation, and tongue, deserve to die and suffer the wrath of God. Instead this wicked and adulterous generation chooses to satisfy their flesh and indulge in their hatred and vengeance. And the saddest part is man, yes many, approve of the violent protesting and rioting. (Romans 1:32)

As followers of Christ who are living in troubled times, we should fear no evil, for God is in control of all things. And even in this darkness He is doing His good work. We should always remember the hope we have in the resurrected messiah Jesus, who himself went through trials and tribulations but overcame the world. And nothing can separate us from Christ Jesus. 

Psalm 27:1

John 14:27

John 16:33

Romans 8:37-39

Let us be cheerful and joyful in this situation as the Bible is getting more magnified everyday. Let us not be discouraged or alarmed, but let us put our lamps on a stand and not hide our hope from the world. We also need to be bold and tell people the truth about God’s love and the hope we have in Christ Jesus. Preachers and Pastors have got to stand up and boldly preach against sin and the true hope of the cross and not try to virtue signal or get in the muck of social justice. Only the word of God can cut through the hearts of man and deal with the root problem of our sinful nature (Hebrews 4:12).

Above all else, we must pray earnestly for peace and that all men of every race, of every tribe, of every nation, and every tongue, repent and believe the good news. That though we were sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:6 -11:  You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!  For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!  Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Just Thinking Podcast:

A Poem and Prayer to God in Response to Anxiety.

By Anonymous

Father Father please help me!

This anxiety is overwhelming.

This fear consumes me.

It is like a great flame surrounding me.

It consumes me with all my thoughts.

I worry about the future oh Lord!

The only living God,

The Creator of the Heavens,

The Sculptor of the Earth,

I come before you anxious of tomorrow,

The enemy is at the door,

Great beasts surround my home,

Sin is always waiting to consume my very soul,

Why must we toil oh God!

The very ground that we walk is cursed.

We sow a plentiful harvest

We craft wonderful buildings

We build great houses and fortunes

But in the end everything is meaningless

The harvest does not satisfy

The buildings end up falling

And our fortunes are divided and scattered

Everything is vain

Everything is ashes and dust

You, oh Heavenly God

The creator of the beasts of the land

The sculpture of the birds of the air

You, God almighty expose the idols of the heart of men

The idol of the harvest

The false god of safety

The graven image of fortunes

For what is fear? What does it do to a man?

Fear exposes and cast light to who we really serve

What does a man really serve when anxiety about the future is upon him?

Father, father! I come before you in the name of your son!

I am in the storm, I am in the fire,

I am burning with the worries of tomorrow,

Death is on my doorstep,

Judgement awaits me

Please lift these clouds from me, from my soul

I am afraid

Father God, 

Creator of the sky

Creator of the sea

What is true treasure? 

Can anyone fathom it?

Can anyone truly see or comprehend the true riches you hold?

Is there anything greater than your Son?

Is there anything more powerful than your gospel of salvation?

Is there anything more precious than the blood of the lamb that was slain before the foundations of the world?

Why should I be afraid? Why should I worry?

You feed the birds in the air and creatures of the field

Am I not more precious than these?

How great are you powerful almighty God?

You who created Man from the dust of the ground and breathed life into him?

How great is the one true God?

He walks and parts the seas

He rebukes the storms 

He crafted the Earth with just His word.

But this is not what truly makes you great of Holy Father

What makes our Holy God great?

He is the comforter of our sorrows

He is the small voice in the storm telling us to rest.

His rod disciplines his children 

His staff guides our ways.

He anoints our heads with His Holy Spirit

The cups of our joy overflows

Love and goodness overflows to those who have faith in you

and follows your commandments

To believe in the name of your Son.

Yes God, please give me rest

Please give me comfort through this trial

Give me a spirit of meekness and repentance as I go through this trial

Craft this heart of clay into more of the image of your Son

To do away with the pride of my youth

And the idols of my flesh

Teach me to trust and lean more into you, God.

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise

Teach me to enter into your rest, and to trust in your ways

Forever and ever.