We are not the world

February 19, 2018

It’s always good to know who your enemies are. And, may I tell you, beyond the shadow of any doubt or peradventure, that you that you have three enemies at least, and they are three big ones: the world, the flesh, and the devil. And, no Christian can afford to be ignorant of these enemies, for, to be ignorant is to be unprepared, and to be unprepared is to fall and to go down in shame and disgrace and ignominious defeat.

Now, of these three enemies, I want to just take one, and talk to you about that one enemy—and, that one enemy is the world. And, I’ve entitled this message “Your Friendly Enemy,” because the world seems so friendly, so charming, so innocuous, sometimes beautiful, sometimes helpful, sometimes harmless. But, I want to warn you that what the Bible calls the world is an enemy and a deadly enemy.

Now, what do we mean when we say the world? We have to be very careful because we’re certainly not talking about the earth—Planet Earth. Sometimes the word cosmos, that’s translated “world,” speaks of Planet Earth. For example, it does, in Acts 17, where the Bible says the Lord made the world and everything that is in it (Acts 17:24). There’s nothing evil about the rocks and the trees, the birds, the ocean, the fields, the mountains. Thank God for these things. Jesus said, “Consider the lilies how they grow” (Luke 12:27).

There’s nothing wrong with the material physical universe, and never think that there is. And, when the Bible warns about the world, it’s not warning about Planet Earth. Do you have that?

When the Bible warns about the world, it’s not warning about the people of the world. The Bible says, in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16). There, he’s talking about the people of the world. Now, if God loves those people, we ought to love them. “Red and yellow, black, and white, they are precious in His sight.” He’s not talking, therefore, about the physical universe or the physical earth, he’s not talking about the people, some 5 billion of them now that live on Planet Earth.

When the Bible uses the word world, what does the Bible mean? When the Bible says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world”—1 John 2:15? Well, it’s the word cosmos. And, what does that mean? It means a system, an order.

there is a system that the Bible calls the world, which is the world of wickedness—and we’re told, not to love it. 1 John 2:15: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love [this system], the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15).

What we are talking about—this ungodly system—first of all, it has a prince. The prince of the world is the devil. Now, the Bible makes that plain. For example, in John 12:31, Jesus called the devil “the prince of this world” (John 12:31). What Jesus meant by that, is that Satan rules this ungodly system. He is the prince of this world. In John 14:30, again, he says, “The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me” (John 14:30). That is, Jesus had no itch the devil could scratch. But, there again, Jesus called the devil “the prince of this world.” And, in John 16:11, He spoke, “of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged” (John 16:11).

This world has a prince, and the prince of this world is Satan himself. That’s the reason the Apostle John said, in 1 John 5:19, “And we know that… the whole world lieth in wickedness” (1 John 5:19). The whole world, the whole system, lies in wickedness. And, the word wickedness there may be personified. It literally means the whole world lies in “the wicked one.” And, the word lieth there actually means, “to sleep in the bosom, or the lap, of one.” That is, Satan’s got this whole world in his hand.

We sing “God’s got the whole world in His hands,” but, actually, the Bible says that Satan has this world in his hands. This whole world lieth, sleepeth, in the bosom, in the lap, of the wicked one. So the world—put it down, number one—has a prince.

There is an enticing network of ideas and values that the devil has skillfully woven together in order to attract you as a child of God. For example, 1 Corinthians 2:12, speaks of the spirit of this world (1 Corinthians 2:12). 1 Corinthians 3:19, speaks of the wisdom of this world (1 Corinthians 3:19). 1 Corinthians 7:31, speaks of the passion of this world (1 Corinthians 7:31). And, so it doesn’t matter whether it’s from the schoolhouse to the courthouse, from Madison Avenue to Wall Street, whether it’s Hollywood or your neighborhood—it makes no difference. There is a philosophy that is permeating all that we see out there, and, my dear friend, it is your enemy.

The world wears a cloak or disguise, whenever a freedom is taken away from you that means the world is winning. Think of every dictator, every socialist, that is the world, trying to control all you do. Who rules the world, the devil, who controls the tv you watch, the media you listen to and read, the devil. If you haven’t put on the filter of God’s word and spirit you are being brainwashed into believing one thing. That you need the world, the system, government to take care of you. No self-reliance, no individuality, no ability to protect yourself.

Here sign up for free food, free housing, free education, free health care, surely you’ve heard the saying “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” there is no such thing as free, all this free stuff is borne on the back of the taxpayer, the distribution of wealth, socialism.

So any political figure in any country that promises to take care of you by robbing you of God given rights and freedoms is of the world and therefore of the devil. So how comfortable do you want to be? That’s what it really comes down to.

Now there is a difference between being provided for by God and a handout.

That moron standing on the street corner with the cardboard sign reading “God bless you.” is part the world, he’s depending on your guilt that your comfortable. He’s telling you he deserves to be taken care of, by you!

Ok, my blood pressure is shooting up, stay tuned.

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Next time you feel overwhelmed by your obligations, consider what it must have been like for Moses. For the ancient Israelites, Moses served as the chief leader, primary lawgiver (delivering God’s laws) and sole judge in disputes.

 When Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, heard about these duties, he offered wise insight: “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone” (Ex 18:17–18).

Jethro recommended appointing other capable and trustworthy men to be judges. As he said, “That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you” (v. 22).

 For Christians, helping to share one another’s burdens is not just good advice; it’s a way we fulfill the law of Christ (see Gal 6:2).

  Some of you wonder what you are supposed to do with your life. Here is a vocation that will bring you more satisfaction than if you became a millionaire ten times over: Develop the extraordinary skill for detecting the burdens of others and devote yourself daily to making them lighter.

  Here are three ways to hone the skill of burden bearing:

  1. Be watchful for indirect opportunities—In many cases, we can’t bear others’ burdens directly. We can’t often take their place or do their tasks for them. We can, however, help them indirectly by reducing other strains and distractions in their life.

  1. Be willing to do small deeds—“So many of our good deeds are so small,” “They seem paltry. Instead of handing over the keys to a brand new car, we hand over a slightly over-cooked casserole. Instead of funding an extreme makeover for that person’s home, we show up on Saturday morning to help apply a new coat of paint.”

  1. Be ready for the boring—Burden bearing is often boring. It’s not exciting work that will garner you lots of attention. But it’s work that is absolutely essential. Don’t wait for a future time when you can be a hero; just be a help right now.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Robin M, 16 years of drug addiction, 23 years clean, her mom and dad both passed away within 8 days of each other. They were her grounding, pray she gets closer to the Lord.

Pray for Jessie d, in the early morning fog, his truck struck a hitch-hiker, the guy is in the hospital with a concussion, several broken bones and a ruptured spleen. The Highway patrol is still investigating.

 

the hard way

February 17, 2018

  “Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creation, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:39).

  John 3:16: The Savior laid down His life for His enemies. Have you ever thought of John 3:16 in that light? God, knowing that there would be those that would turn their backs on the greatest gift ever and the few who would accept the gift.

 1 John 3:16: We are to “lay down our lives for the brethren.” The death of the Cross spells love for both friend and enemy.

  “If we get a wrong idea about the inward working of the Cross we shall lose our own enjoyment of God’s love and fail to manifest that love to others. We have no doubt that, for the sinner, the Cross is the outstanding expression of God’s love, but when we realize that it brings us, as believers, into a very personal experience of being crucified together with Christ, we are apt to lose sight of the love of God.

  “We set our teeth, as though making up our minds that from now on everything is going to be grim and harsh. It almost seems that the carnal Christian may be cheerful and happy, but the crucified ones must expect to pass into a gloomier experience. Nothing is farther from the truth. The Cross will always bring us back to the love of God in ever-increasing fulness.”

The challenge of the Cross, the insistence that we have been crucified with Christ, may sometimes appear to be a dark and forbidding message. The Cross is not the end: It is the way through to His end. God is working for something beyond the immediate; He is working towards the glory.

  “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jer. 29:11).

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You trusted God to save you, but now you’re not trusting God to keep you? We trust God for spiritual things, but we can’t trust Him for material things. We’re trusting God for all eternity, but we can’t trust Him for next week.

when you’re out of the will of God, it doesn’t matter how many good things you think you’re doing because if you’re out of the will of God, the total result is sin, and you are wasting your time.

if you were ever going to live by faith, you ought to live by faith now.

“Whatever a man does without God, in that thing he will fail miserably, or he will succeed even more miserably.”

The way to live the Christian life is by faith. And, you stay where God put you, you do what God tells you, and you by faith obey God in spite of consequences or circumstances.

I call it a “hopscotch religion”, change churches every other week, pray one day, miss the next six, read your bible one day, miss a month. Make a promise to God and never keep it.

Moving never solves a problem, changing marriages won’t make you happier, bigger house, bigger truck, you get my point. Be satisfied with what God gave you, not what other people can give you.

the most miserable man in the world is not an unsaved man. The most miserable man in the world is a saved man out of fellowship with God.

It’s an old-fashioned term, often not heard in sermons anymore. Repentance.

you’re going to find God right where you left Him.

You don’t need a new thing, you need the right thing. Get right with God again.

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The School of Faith part two

February 13, 2018

God wants you to know if your faith is real or whether it is bogus. Your faith is more precious than gold, 1 Peter 1:7, and again I want to tell you that a faith that cannot be tested, cannot be trusted.

Now, so many times we get the idea that if we’re trusting God—that if we are obeying God, if we’re doing what God has tell us told to be—it will be all milk and honey. As a matter of fact, that it’ll be all honey and no bees. That is not necessarily so. So many times when we get saved we say, “Now, wonderful, I’ve trusted God and He’s brought me into the land of plenty.” We think it’s all milk and honey, but it’s not necessarily so.

You’re going to meet the devil, you’re going to be tested in many, many ways. And, many of us are tested in ways after we got saved in ways that we never were before we got saved. Sometimes we get married and we think, “Oh, this is the land of milk and honey.” And, God brings heartaches and tears and trials right into the land of promise. And, you know, it is so. Sometimes in our prayer life we pray—and we’ve been told prayer is the land of promise—to trust God. And, we pray and people have simplified this matter of prayer. And they say, well, you know, God always answers prayer. Sometimes He says, “Yes,” and sometimes He says, “No,” but He always answers prayer. (make sure you keep reading).

Sometimes He doesn’t say anything. Have you noticed that? I mean, sometimes you just pray and you don’t seem to get an answer. And, I mean, it just seems to be darkness out there. Famine in the land of plenty. Sometimes we go to church and we get the idea that, you know over in church everything’s going to be wonderful. Oh boy! You know, all the sinners are out there and all the saints are in here. Ain’t necessarily so folks. I think it was one great theologian who said that, “The church is kind of like Noah’s ark,” he said “We wouldn’t be able to stand the stench if it weren’t for the storm outside.”

I’m not saying that the church is a failure. I’m not saying that at all. But friend, I’m going to tell you whether it be in your prayer life, whether it be in your marriage, whether it be in your salvation, whether it be in your church life, or wherever it is God will bring you into the land of plenty, but He’s going to test you there. He’s going to test you there in ways you’ve never thought. He’s going to see what your reactions are going to be. Go and read the book of Judges, just read chapter 2, a land filled with lots of ‘ites’, Hittites, Canaanites, all these ‘ites’ with just one idea, something more appealing to your 5 senses.

When testing comes don’t try to understand it. Learn something else. As Christians we do not live by explanation. We live by promises. We do not live by explanations. God has not promised to explain it to you. As a matter of fact, he says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways” (Isaiah 55:8).

Real faith is obeying in spite of circumstances or consequences. Did you hear it? Real faith is obeying in spite of circumstances, a famine, or consequences. If I perish, I perish. I am going to go where God sends me, and I’m going to stay where God puts me until God moves me. I’m going to live by faith.

God will test your faith to find out whether you have the real thing. Now, God knows, but he wants you to know. God’s not trying to find out something about you, He wants you to find out something about you.

I’ve said this many times, being a Christian may be the hardest thing you ever do.

Stay tuned

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Pray for Nurses, especially Surgical Nurses in general, do you know they have one of the highest divorce rates. They harden themselves to not feel all the pain going on around them and they don’t realize they are shutting out their families as well.

We’ve started a group therapy for nurses to reconnect with their feelings and families and it has been amazing. And helping them to become better time managers and not get burned out if they want to stay in their career field.

 

The School of Faith

February 12, 2018

THE SCHOOL OF FAITH (PART ONE)

Your accomplishment is measured by your faith. Matthew 9:29 says that according to your faith be it unto you. Do you want to please God? People do all kinds of thing to please God. They go on pilgrimages, they give money, they make sacrifices, and some of them dress in strange ways and do outlandish things. Do you want me to tell you how to please God? Believe Him. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith pleases God, because faith honors God. And, by the way, if you please God, it doesn’t matter whom you displease. And, if you displease God, it doesn’t matter whom you do please. And, the way to please God is to believe God.

Faith overcomes the world. Are you having troubles and struggling? Is this world oppressing you and weighting you down? The Bible says in 1 John 5:4: “And this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” You say, “Pastor, I’ve got a mountain of problems.” Our Lord says in Mark 11:23: “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove.” I do not have the vocabulary, words, or emotion enough today to emphasize to you the importance of faith.

And if someone ever comes to you whether in print or radio, TV or online claiming they have found the secret, or they have the formula, or they know it all, don’t believe them. I’ve been a serious Bible student for almost 45 years. Bible college, Seminary, Doctoral degree, post-doctoral studies, pastor, professor, psychologist, street preacher. And I’ll tell you one thing I’ve learned, I’m as ignorant as a rock. The depths, and the heights of the Word of Truth, unfathomable, it’s like a diamond mind that never gives up all it’s secrets easily.

Now that’s not to be a discouraging statement, we are like builders, we have the shoulders of past giants to stand on. We have great books and sermons to guide us. But each and every great truth has to be relearned, rediscovered, reapplied. Head knowledge alone is worthless without the Holy Spirit making application, “making it real” in our lives.

Pick one bible and make all your notes in that bible, when it wears out buy the same bible and transfer all the notes over again, you’ll be surprised at the great gems you’ve discovered in your pilgrimage. And some stuff will make no sense at all, don’t erase it, there was a certain setting in time where it was important. Plus there will be stuff you wrote that now you know is just flat wrong. Don’t erase it, but mark it as incorrect and write the truth next to it and the source. Every quote you write down, write, who, when and where.

(As side note, only buy bibles in premium leather, calfskin or kangaroo, with Smyth binding. It will never wear out if cared for; as your bonded leather will give up the ghost no matter what you paid for it. Leonard’s bookbinding can resew it and put quality, premium leather on it, it will become a family heirloom. One last thing, lay your bibles on their sides, not upright like a regular book, you will ruin the ‘yap’ on the bottom).(now don’t panic, there is a church in Michigan??? That makes a premium KJV bible for under 100 dollars with large print and great paper and premium leather. just look up church bible printers(??) or email me.) if money isn’t an object than go to evangelicalbibles.com and the best hand sewn or Smyth Sewn with premium leather and the best paper and the text is lined up on each side of every page so there is no shadow or bleed through of text. Expect to pay up to $300 dollars for Schuyler Caxton Bible in any version you like and it will last a lifetime. Like a carpenter that has learned to buy the best tools for a lifetime, this is the same principle. I have my great, great grandmother’s bible, I don’t know how she could have afforded it, but it is a treasure to see her handwriting and the little notes or even a family recipe stuck in it, not to mention the genealogy written down with a few pictures as well.

Sorry got side tracked there.

Abraham was the Dean in the School of Faith, but he had to learn some lessons himself. At this time he was very young in the faith. And, God now brings him into the land of famine, as we’re going to see, for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to test him. But, he failed the test. Now, my dear friend, God’s going to test your faith. Not because He doesn’t love you, but because He does love you. If you don’t remember anything else that I’m going to tell you today, I’m going to tell you this. A faith that cannot be tested, cannot be trusted. How do you that you have the real thing? How can you trust what you have if it’s not been tested? Now, God will test you. Peter taught the same thing. 1 Peter 1:7: “That the trial of your faith”—that is the testing of your faith—”being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire” or through fire. Now, what Peter says is that your faith is worth more than gold. But, you test gold to make certain that it’s real gold and not fools gold.

Stay tuned for part two

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IT’ YOU

February 9, 2018

OUR ADVERSARY MIGHT BE YOU!

Do you know the devil is not all that interested in getting you to commit the grosser sins of the flesh? You know, sometimes you see a man, he’s all drunk in the gutter, covered with vomit and flies, someone says, look what the devil did to that man. No, he did it to himself. He did it to himself.

You see, some person who has become the cast-off plaything of lecherous and wicked men. Her face racked and ruined with the scars of sin, her body filled with disease, and all cast away. We say, oh, look what the devil made her do. No, she did that—she did that.

The devil’s kind of ashamed of those kinds of people. Did you know that? Did you know that there are some folks living such a way to embarrass the devil? You know, if the devil had his way, he wouldn’t want you acting like that. You know what the devil wants you to do? Wants you to put on a nice suit, get a nice tie, put on a beautiful dress, and get some pretty gloves and get you a little Bible and he wants you to come to church and he wants you to sit on the pew and he wants you to smile and look religious and live your own life without God.

The devil had rather send you to Hell from the pew than the gutter anytime.

The most dangerous person in the world is a religious person. Not saved, not living for God, just a funnel for hypocrisy and feel good about yourself false facts. Did you know there is such a thing as false facts?

It’s the bible twisted and perverted to suit a persons own set of beliefs. If you doubt that’s possible read all the sermons by Confederate Preachers endorsing slavery. Or for a modern example take Joel Osteen. False Facts. You say anything long enough you’ll believe it. The bible can say something in black and white, don’t do it, that’s what the bible says. But people will say anything to endorse their sins, their habits, mistakes.

My favorite lie is; “well, that may be a sin for some folks but not for me.”

Or how about, “well I did that or got that and look at me I’m still going to church.” Millions of Christians can do something wrong and yet they’ll never confess it or repent. It’ called ‘self righteousness’ and it leads other Christians down the wrong path.

Congrats, you are the devil’s favorite spokesperson.

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Hee Haw

February 8, 2018

Hee Haw

Somebody asked me the other day why I preach more from the Old Testament

than the New Testament. My answer was instant, heartfelt and I don’t think I’ll

change my mind anytime soon.

It’s the same reason I’ve called this devotional site “scum like us church”

I personally relate better to the people of the O.T. their failures, their quirks, their

constant failing. When asked ‘whom am I more like in the O.T.’ my answer is

quick, simple and still probably not going to change; Balaam’s Ass, (because I’m

still surprised what comes out of my mouth) and Samson (a good looking woman

still turns my head, and physical strength has helped me get through a lot of

scrapes).

Most people just shake their head and walk away, a few will say “you’re kidding”

some will smile, some get insulted. I can’t see myself ever saying I’m like the

apostle Paul or like any other apostle for that much, even Thomas with all his

doubts still beats me at my best .

I love all the Greek word studies of the N.T. and the book of Romans and

Colossians will probably always be my favorites. But when it comes to the O.T.

flawed folks rock.

So like any good country song here’s to all the screwed up people we know.

God bless

Prayer request for me, pray for my neck, talk about screwed up, (no I didn’t twist

it looking at a pretty girl) I’m in some serious pain. Thank you to all the wonderful

people that keep encouraging me to keep writing these devotions.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

BAD HABITS

February 5, 2018

Bad Habits

Habits drive our behavior, which in turn forms our character. This is why understanding how to make and break habits is such an important skill for spiritual formation.

 For our purposes we can classify habits into four broad categories: positive, negative, virtuous and sinful. Positive habits improve our lives in a general way (e.g., brushing our teeth), while virtuous habits make us more Christlike (e.g., prayer and Scripture reading). Both types are formed using the same method

 Negative habits generally have negative effects on our lives (e.g., eating junk food), while sinful habits lead us away from God and to our destruction. How we deal with these two types of habits is quite different, so we’ll consider sinful habits separately

 Here, though, are six steps to help break negative habits:

  1. Identify your own negative habits—While some negative habits are bad for anyone, the effects on many others vary from person to person. For example, staying up too late at night might be a negative habit if you have to wake up early and it prevents you from getting enough sleep. But for other people, staying up late might be a benefit because it allows them to get more done at a time of day when there are fewer distractions. To identify your own negative habits, make a list of the recurring troubles in your life and then try to identify patterns of behavior that might cause or contribute to the problem.

  1. Isolate the habit loop—Every habit, positive or negative, starts with a behavioral pattern called a “habit loop.” This loop consists of three parts: a cue, routine and reward. The cue is a type of trigger that tells your brain to go into automatic mode and begin the routine, which is the behavior itself. The final step is the reward, an internal or external stimulus that satisfies your brain and helps it remember the “habit loop.”

  1. Change the trigger—Some negative habits can be overcome simply by changing the trigger. Take, for example, the negative habit of checking your email when you are trying to engage in another activity, such as Bible reading. The cue for this habit is likely some sort of notification (either visual or audio) that you have a new email. This triggers the behavior (checking your email) that your brain has been conditioned to reward (the brain likes novelty, and reading an email temporarily satisfies your curiosity). By simply turning off such notifications you can remove the trigger that activates the behavior.

  1. Modify the context—Along with the three parts of the habit loop, negative habits also tend to include a strong contextual element. Specifically, we are more likely to engage in negative habits when we are bored, stressed or seeking to avoid an activity (e.g., procrastinating from work).

  1. Replace the negative habit with a positive one—Eliminating negative habits is extremely difficult. But the process can be much easier if we simply replace the habit with a better one. Once you’ve identified the negative habit, consider how you can “reengineer” the habit loop to replace the negative habit with a more positive routine.

  1. Plan for setbacks—Negative habits are difficult to overcome. Expect that it will take numerous attempts and lots of trial and error before you are able to replace a negative habit with one that aids in your flourishing. Ask God to give you the strength and ability to persevere.

Tomorrow we will look at making Good Habits.

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THE WRONG WAY

February 3, 2018

The devil knows if he can get you thinking wrongly about God, he has you. The devil wants to get you thinking negatively about God so the devil slanders the character of God. Because if the devil can think you get you thinking negatively about God, fearing God, running from God or disbelieving God, he has you right where he wants you. He is the biggest liar. His lies are about the biggest subject. The biggest subject is Almighty God, himself.

The devil wants to control your mind. Because the devil knows that if he has your mind, he really has you. Because the Bible says as a man thinketh, so is he. You sow a thought, you reap a deed, sow a deed, you reap a habit, so a habit, you reap a character, sow a character and you reap a destiny and it all begins with a thought.

Some people are questioning the authorship of the Word of God. Others are questioning the accuracy of the Word of God. Others are questioning the authority of the Word of God. Others are questioning the acceptability of the Word of God.

There are seminaries that used to be the bastion of Christian thought, that taught the bible is infallible, inspired, inerrant and relevant to you and me today. But they allow professors to teach the opposite. Don’t send your kid to any bible college until you talk to the Dean of Theology or the president of that college and have a list of every professor and ask them point blank what each professor believes.

While we are at it, ask your pastor what he’s reading, drop by his house and see what’s on his tv. Ask to see his DVD collection. Ask him how comfortable he would be to have you look at his browser history.

I’m not joking, you have a right to peace of mind knowing that your spiritual mentor, leader, pastor is living a righteous life. It’s called accountability. I personally know several ‘mega’ pastors that would punch you in the nose just for you suggesting such a thing. The arrogant pastor is a guilty pastor. The unaccountable pastor is a dangerous pastor.

But check your Elders, Deacons, board members as well. We have a church in our small town that the pastor packed up in the middle of the night and left because the Board was so cruel, mean, disrespectful control freaks that made his life a living hell. So we need to be balanced in every aspect of our spiritual life.

The danger in all this is going the other way and be so narrow minded and legalistic, that we’re turning into either a cult or totally uninvolved or invested.

Hey, nobody said it was easy.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Ryan, 9 years old and told he has cancer.

Pray for Bob L, 65, and an alcoholic, he looks like he’s 85, his liver looks like it’s 105. Doctor told him today it is quit drinking or die in 60 days.