Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Justice and Mercy

So, let's say that you go home tonight, and you find that all your friends and family have gotten together to throw a giant surprise party for you!  As you arrive in the neighborhood, you find cars lined up on both sides of the street, many from out of state, friends and family that you haven't seen in years.

But as you get closer to your house, you realize that something is not quite right.

The front door is ajar, with a huge footprint in the middle of it.  The door jam is broken and splintered, and you realize something is wrong, terribly wrong.  As bullet casings crunch under your feet, you push the door open to find all your friends, all of your family, everything and everyone that you hold dear in your life have been slaughtered.

And that's not all, as you look through the broken window into the backyard, you see that the killer is still there, wringing the life out of the last victim.
You scream, run out there and knock him to the ground, the police show up and haul him away.

His day in court arrives, and you are there.  He has admitted guilt, but expresses remorse, saying that he's really sorry and he will never do anything like that again.  The judge looks down from his bench and says, "I am a very loving judge, and I can see that you are truly remorseful.  You can go free."  

"What?!  Are you kidding me?  Where is the justice, this man broke the law, he must pay!"  The judge gives you a condescending look, and says, "I've made my decision, this man is forgiven out of love and free to go home."  

What do you think?  Was justice done?  

I'll tell you this.  You've created a god for yourself, made up in the human mind, that will overlook your sins and let everyone do whatever they wish, with no consequences.  
As appealing as that might be to the human mind, you can see from the story I've given you, that there might be some flaws in that idol.  

God is not ONLY love, to the exclusion of everything else.  He is also holy, righteous and just.  There is a fine to be paid, and unlike the judge in our little scenario, justice will be done in God's court.  The question now is simply, how will that fine be paid?

Let's change it up a bit.  Now, you're the criminal, the one who is guilty of unspeakable crimes and unable to pay your fine.  Just before the judge bangs the gavel to finalize your prison time, the courtroom door burst open and a man appears who says that he will pay your fine.  

THAT is what Jesus Christ did for you. You didn't deserve it, you couldn't earn it, yet He paid your fine for you, that you could be forgiven.  That is how mercy and justice work together.  

Every person in the world will glorify God after this life, in one way or another.

Either you will glorify Him as a demonstration of His love and mercy in sending His Son Jesus Christ to take on the punishment that you deserve, as you repent and trust in Him alone.

Or, you will glorify Him as a demonstration of His justice and righteousness, as you are cast into Hell for your crimes against your Creator.

Either way, the human soul lasts forever, and either way, God is glorified.

Soli Deo Gloria

Monday, February 24, 2014

Who Are You?

Bigot. Uneducated. Hateful.

The GLBT community is constantly compared to the civil rights movement and racism today, and people just accept that argument. You can't really argue with that, can you? Well, not if you let them make that presupposition in the first place.

However, I don't think it's anything like racism at all. In fact, I think it's degrading to the civil rights movement and all those who risked their lives fighting for freedom from that.

I find it, not like racism at all, but rather, like smoking, and everyone knows that it's OK to discriminate against smokers. Their bad choices damage their own health, as well as those around them. Homosexuality has also been proven to be very unhealthy to those practicing it.

Now, before you start screaming that sexual orientation is not a choice, that they're born that way, let me just state that I agree completely. We are all born with a sinful nature, my sins may manifest in different ways than yours, but it is still a sin nature with devastating effects. The biggest difference is that we need to turn from those sins, rather than attempt to legitimize them.

Enter, the Gay Agenda, set upon making the world see homosexuality as normal.

Make no mistake, it does exist. You can read all about it, and see how successful it's been, leading right up to where we are today.

The Gay Agenda

Followed by a book, expanding on these ideas a couple of years later, is this book, called "After The Ball".

After The Ball

One way of going about achieving this goal is to compare it to some other fight that has already been won and has widespread public support. Racism fits the bill nicely, compare it to that.

Next, ensure that any who would dare to oppose the agenda are dealt with swiftly and harshly, in order to strike fear into the perceived enemy so that they will lay down and do nothing. Mock them, ridicule them, bully them into silence. Oh, and while we're at it, let's make them out to be the bullies, that will make it more difficult for them to cry foul.

Now then, we must garner sympathy for the movement, so this will require some persecution, whether real or not, matters very little, but there must be the perception of persecution and mistreatment.
Here are some examples.

Assault on student

Man Admits Hate Crime False Attack

Falsified Police Report in Alleged Anti Gay Attack

Amren.com

News Video Joseph Baken

The College Fix

Bias Hoax

Gay Lesbian Task Force

And let's not forget the famous Matthew Shepard case.

abc news

Turns out, it didn't happen quite as we were told.

Another thing to keep in mind, in our already over-sexually charged society, it is very easy to remind people of their own shortcomings in order to quiet them down for fear of being seen as some sort of hypocrite.

Yet, we are not seeing any adultery pride parades, or any proud liars clubs. People are not real receptive to child molesters, but what is the real difference? Weren't they born with their sexual orientation, too?

If you simply look at it in a rational way, it becomes quite clear just how ridiculous this whole idea is. And so, you are a bigot. Uneducated. A hater.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Saturday 02-08-14

Tom and I headed out to Mill to share the Gospel, and Steve met us out there.

A couple of girls stopped for the illusion, then went through the genius test and Good Person Test (GPT). One of them said she wasn't too worried about hell because she said she had her own relationship with God.
I explained that God is just, and being just, He cannot simply overlook sin. There is a fine that must be paid. Jesus Christ is the only one that can do that.

I gave them both Gospel tracts after speaking with them, please pray that they will read them and that God will work in them both.

There was a homeless guy hanging out, so I offered him one of the "Gift For You" tracts, which includes cash. He refused, saying he wouldn't take anything with God on it. He said he had a Satanic bible in his pocket and gave me some quotes from it. Then he babbled for a while with some incoherent nonsense. We agreed to disagree, and he eventually left.

Tom was talking with a couple, and the guy was a bit argumentative. This drew the attention of the police as they were riding by, and they stopped to tell him that there is no amplification allowed on the streets of Mill. They didn't hassle us on preaching, or being set up in front of the post office, just no amplification.

A guy came up to me and asked about the tracts I was handing out. I said, this one?" showing him the Coexist tract, and he said,"Yeah, don't ever hand me one of those again."
OK, you don't have to take it, I thought, but asked him why not. He claimed it was judgmental, and we have no right to judge others.

But since that directly contradicts Scripture (John 7:24), I'm just going to have to disagree with him. Besides, we're not judging anyone, simply witnessing to them so they will know the Truth.

It will be up to them, what they do with that, but we must warn people of the wrath to come. It's the only loving thing to do.

Soli Deo Gloria

Monday, January 6, 2014

In the Beginning...

In the beginning, God created everything, and the sun still shines down on all, both good and bad.  But man misused his freedoms in disobedience to his Creator, and the whole world fell under the curse of sin.  

People weren't stupid, there has never been an atheist civilization found.  They knew there was a God and couldn't deny that fact from creation and order in the universe.  

Yet, in their disobedience and rebellion, they denied the one true God of the Bible, and made up gods of their own, fashioned after their own image.  
Worthless idols without standards, who would not hold them accountable, that would allow them to rebel and sin without consequence.  

All of this, subjected all of creation to the curse, and all of sinful mankind to the danger of punishment in the eternal lake of fire.  

So, are you any better, do you think that you deserve anything different?   Let's find out. Do you think that you've kept God's Law?  

The Ten Commandments are God’s moral standard in outline form.  We've already shown that mankind in general has not kept God first in their lives and created idols for themselves, breaking the first two commands: 1- to have no other Gods and 2- no idolatry.

Let’s go through the rest and see how you do:  

3-No Blasphemy - Have you ever used the Lord's name in vain? OMG, JC or anything like that?

4-Remember the Sabbath (Col 2:16)  - Have you set aside one day in seven to give back to the Lord who has given you everything?

5-Honor Parents  - Have you always done this or have you been a bit of a brat at times like the rest of us?

6-No Murder - The Bible says that if you hate your brother without just cause, you have violated this one and are in danger of judgment.

7-No Adultery  - Jesus said that if you've looked with lust, you've already committed adultery in your heart.

8-No Stealing  - Have you ever stolen anything, regardless of value?

9-No Lying (Rev 21:8)  - Have you ever told an exaggeration, half truth or even a little white lie?

10-No Coveting - Even our thoughts will be judged, because that's where it begins, before we actually take any action.

So, how did you do?  Would you be found innocent or guilty if judged by this standard?  

You know you’d be found guilty, none of us have kept them all.  Being found guilty, would you be let into heaven or sent straight to hell?

God is perfect, He is holy, righteous and just.  And that is why He cannot overlook your sins and just let you, a guilty criminal, into heaven anyway. Because that would not be just.  

In order for justice to be satisfied, the fine must be paid - the wages of sin is death and eternal punishment in the lake of fire.
The punishment is eternal because you’ve sinned against an eternal God.

But God is loving and full of mercy, and He created a way - one way - for you to be saved from the lake of fire, while still upholding His righteousness and remaining just.  Do you know what He did?  

He paid the penalty for you, by sending His Son, Jesus Christ - God in the flesh - who lived a perfect, sinless life and then suffered and died, crucified on a cross to pay the fine for us.  

This wasn't just physical punishment, as horrible as that was, that paid your fine.  It was the wrath of God poured out, the wrath that you and I deserve.  

Now, someone might ask, "How can one Man, suffering for a few hours, dying and then rising from the dead, pay the penalty for all man’s sins?"  
I'll tell you how.  Because that one Man was fully man, yet fully God at the same time, worth more than all of creation, and He is the only One who could pay the fine for you.  

You cannot pay your fine, because it is your own sin that condemns you.  No one else can do it, because they've all got their own sins to deal with.  

Only God Himself could live a completely sinless life, and then pay our fine by laying down that life as a sacrifice for our sins.  If Jesus is not God, then we're all still in our sins and under wrath, because salvation is of the Lord!

Only through Jesus Christ, can we be saved from the flames and made into a new creation.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Now, what must you do in order to make this free gift your own?  This isn't some kind of automatic payment that allows you to continue in your sins, no, that would be trampling the blood of our Savior.

Hebrews 10:29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?

There are two things that you must do in order for this sacrifice to pertain to you:

First, you repent of your sins, which means you stop committing them, turn away from them, forsake them.   You should hate those sins that you once loved as much as God has always hated them.  

Then we trust in Jesus Christ alone for our salvation, submitting to Him as Lord and obeying His commands.

Hebrews 10:26-27 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

You’ve received the knowledge of the truth, what you do with that now is up to you.

But keep in mind that 150,000 people die every day.  That's two people every second, off into eternity, and at that point, it's too late to change your mind. You’ve got to be made ready on this side.  The Bible tells us it is appointed man once to die and then the judgment, and it says that it's a fearful thing for a sinful man to fall into the hands of the living God.  Repent and trust in Christ alone!

Don't put it off until tomorrow because you may not have tomorrow.  Today is the day of salvation!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Saturday 12-20-13

Dan and I met out on Mill Ave and began setting up our boards. A guy named Alan stopped by as soon as I had the board up. He liked the illusion and the "genius" questions, so he agreed to go through the Good Person Test (GPT).

We found that he was not as good as he had thought when we went through some of the Ten Commandments. He had broken all four of the ones we went through, and by his own admission was found to be a lying, coveting thief, and a blaspheming adulterer at heart.

Even realizing that he was not "good", he claimed that the thought of judgment and hell didn't concern him. He believed that heaven and hell are what we make of it. I pray that he realizes the error in human thinking before that day of judgment comes.
He was homeless, so I gave him a Gift For You tract that includes some money, to help him out.

A little while later, another homeless guy named Joseph showed up. He said that he had heard that you can get some money for food if you came over here and took a test.

Well, that is not exactly how it works, but let's see how you'd do.
I took him through the GPT and explained the need for a Savior. After talking to him for a while, I gave him one of the same tracts I had given the first guy with cash inside. Now I was out of those. I had more at home, but hadn't stocked up on them.

Then Dylan, another homeless guy that had got word that the street preachers were giving away money, stopped by.

I talked with him and shared the Gospel after showing him his need for a Savior, so that it would make sense, then gave him a dollar and an "Are You Good Enough To Get Into Heaven" tract, since I was out of the other ones. I normally won't give money away without a tract any more.

And then a guy named Nick, who was passing out cards for the rooftop bar stopped and talked with me for a bit. He said he was Catholic but fell away. We had a pretty good conversation, I took him through the GPT, but he didn't seem real convicted. Still, he has some stuff to consider regarding eternity.

I explained to him that none of us are guaranteed another day, and that 150,000 people die every day. We've got to get this figured out on this side.
Seeds planted, pray that the Lord would work in him.

Next I talked with a guy named Andrew and his friend. He said he was not a good person, but agreed to go through the Good Person Test, anyway.
I explained the Gospel and gave them glow sticks, as a demonstration of God's grace, with a couple of Gospel tracts to take with them.

I talked to a couple of kids that stopped to check out the sign but didn't catch their names. We went through the GPT and I gave them each glow sticks and a Gospel tract.

Then I talked to Chris, who was not a believer and claimed that he could not believe in the "tyrannical" God of the Bible, who could create people knowing that they would sin and end up in hell. I tried to give him an explanation, but as is usually the case in matters like this, he didn't want one. He just wanted to argue.
Then he went over to Dan to harass him for a while before leaving.

After that, a whole team of about five extremely tall guys stopped to check out the board and take the GPT. 3 or 4 more of them stopped by and they were all headed somewhere. I had to rush, but got them all the way through the test. I did not catch any of their names. I did give the one that answered most of the questions a glow stick, explaining that he didn't earn it because he had failed the GPT, and that it was a small demonstration of God's grace, in giving us the much larger undeserved gift of eternal life if we would repent of our sins and trust in Jesus Christ alone for our salvation.

It was a very busy night evangelizing on Mill Ave.

Soli Del Gloria

Friday, December 20, 2013

Homophobic?

I wouldn't call it "homophobic". I'm not any more afraid of a homosexual than I am anyone else.

I mean, I've seen the gang violence of the "gay" population when Christians are simply stating what the Bible says on the subject and opposing their lifestyle as sin, and that looks like a fearful place to be.
It reminds me of the large groups of radical Muslims who attack Christians.

Although, Muslims also see homosexuality as sin, so what is it going to look like when those two violent groups collide?

I think a better term to describe this would be "sinaphobia".

I am afraid of the righteous and just wrath of the Almighty Creator of the universe when He comes against those who would attempt to oppose Him (Luke 12:5).

I am afraid of the judgment that is coming down upon my country as we sit idly by and condone all kinds of sin and make excuses for it (Romans 1:32).

I am afraid for those who would pour out contempt and blaspheme the name of the One who created them and the environment they live in, the One who gives every blessing and allows every breath and heartbeat (Hebrews 10:31).

I mean, think about it. He created everything you know in the universe and much more that you aren't even aware of! Out of nothing! Beings more powerful than you can even imagine, tremble at the very mention of His name, yet mere mortals deny His very existence for the sake of their sins.

I am not "homophobic" and I do not hate homosexuals, I fear for them greatly. And this is why I will speak the Biblical truth to them in love, that they also might repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ for their salvation from the eternal hell that we all deserve (www.needgod.com).

Homosexuality is only one in a list of sins (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). If one would truly trust in Him, the love for their sinful lifestyle would change (1 John 1:9), they would become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Soli Deo Gloria

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Saturday 11-02-13

Mill Ave Evangelism

A couple of girls stopped by to take the genius test but didn't want to go through the Good Person Test (GPT).
However, I was able to give them a Trillion Dollar Bill tract as they left.

A large group of people stopped and enjoyed the genius test, but only Robert went through the GPT, he said he was a Christian, but I gave him an "Are You Good Enough To Get Into Heaven" tract anyway.

A guy named Austin stopped by with his girlfriend. I didn't catch her name, since she answered his phone and missed part of the GPT. Austin heard the entire Gospel though, and understood that he failed the GPT. After realizing his need for a Savior, I explained God's grace and gave them each a glow stick.
They came back with her mom to take her thru both tests. Her name was Jo Elle.

Pray that the Lord would work in each of those we spoke with and gave tracts to. And pray for more workers in the harvest field.

Solo Deo Gloria