Sunday, April 29, 2012

Stupid Christians - Why Christians are often foolish

Note: What I communicate in this message about Christians is what I have generally observed. I also include myself in this message's title, as I have been guilty throughout my life of sins of stupidity and foolishness; also, sins of commission and omission.
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This last week, there appeared in the national news media, the account of "Joe the Plumber," and his remarks about our present White House occupier (usurper), Barack Hussein Obama, as his Christian “brother.” Joe the Plumber, (Mr. Samuel Wurzelbacher achieved national poster child press coverage (fame) over the question he personally posed Barack Hussein Obama and, over Obama's ill-advised answer. Mr. Wurzelbacher, since then has been often called, "Joe the Plumber," because that was his trade before the happen-chance meeting with Obama on the 2008 presidential campaign trail. Incidentally, and presently, Joe the Plumber is currently running for political office in the state of Ohio.

When I read the news about Joe the Plumber regarding Obama as his Christian brother, I was sickened. I was disappointed that Mr. Wurzelbacher, a professed Christian, should regard Barack Hussein Obama, as a fellow Christian.

Please don't misunderstand, as I would be happy if Mr. Obama was, indeed, a genuine Christian, but, I was frustrated because Mr. Wurzelbacher just didn't utilize much, (if any), spiritual discernment. He made the naive [dumb / stupid] blunder of taking Barack Hussein Obama, at Obama's word. Please see the following, for further understanding:


Recently there was (also) the news about the Christian mega-church leader, Joel Olsteen expressing his assertion that Obama is a Christian. His reason? Essentially, because Obama said so, - the same (lame brained) excuse reason that Joe the Plumber, offered. Didn’t these two Christian buffoons ever learn that Jesus Christ distinguished between cheap talk and actual (meaningful) actions? Matthew 7:1f

Why are Christians often lacking in spiritual discernment? Why do Christians act so foolishly?

I've been known to say that every seminary and Bible school lacks a required course of time, spent, living on a sheep farm. Throughout the Scriptures, God's divine revelation often refers to God's children, as sheep. [Isaiah 53:6] That word is an excellent description, as sheep are unsuspecting creatures of habit and often prone to go astray. What saves sheep from being devoured by wild beasts is that they have a shepherd who loves and cares for their safety and ongoing preservation.

Basically, sheep are dumb and foolish. They aren't the smartest animals. And, as such, they wander away from the sheepfold and from the shepherd, seeking greener pastures. I think that you catch the picture.

Also, systemic of sheep, are, that they are creatures who do not foresee danger in their short-term or long-term future. They go about their simple existence eating, resting and sleeping. They desperately need the shepherd of their flock to guard and protect them from the dangers of the wild and from animals who would love delicious mutton meals.

Christians are like sheep

Not only do the Holy Scriptures of the Hebrew and Christian divine revelation depict God’s children as sheep [Isaiah 53:6] – those same Scriptures depict Jesus Christ, God’s (perfect) Savior / Messiah to be the Shepherd of the sheep – God’s children. John 10:1f

Christians are like sheep. Once they are separated from their Shepherd [Christ] they are likely to be devoured (destroyed) by “the evil one.” The devil is not the only “personable” influence which wars against Christian sheep and is intent to destroy their faith in Christ. But there is, also, the worlds’ decadent (and politically correct) culture [cosmos] which is continually shifting for the worse to press “Christian ‘sheep’” into its evil mold. [Romans 12:2] Added to the evil influence of the evil one (Satan) and the “world” is the Christian’s own sinful nature, which was passed on by birth because of man’s (Adam and Eve’s) first sin. Genesis 3:1f; Romans 5:12

In short, Christian sheep are up against a 3 front war. There is the battle with the devil; the world’s (declining and decadent culture) – and, their own sinful human nature. A Christian’s sinful dilemma can be liken to a mouse trap, the cheese on that trap and the mouse who craves to eat that cheese. The motivation for that mouse to eat the cheese is his inert desire (craving) for that delectable food. And, what, (or who) daily places these delectable mouse traps in front of Christian sheep? The evil one, (the devil). However, no analogy is perfect, and, I am not a Christian who is on a continual rampage to blame the devil for everything and offer the simplistic excuse: “The devil made me do it.”

Christian sheep can be safe sheep when they listen and follow their good Shepherd, Christ

Christians need not endanger themselves and their priceless souls by allowing themselves to be siphoned off by the devil, the world and their own sinful flesh. [John 2:15-17] We need to do all “possible” to resist the 3 enemies of our priceless souls. We need to put on the “whole armour of God” to withstand (against) this spiritual onslaught, bent upon transforming our lives and our priceless souls into the devil’s workshop, disciples. [Ephesians 6:10-18] Notice that the Ephesians Scripture says, “armour of God?” We do not resist evil and follow after God’s calling, and all that is holy and righteous and good in this life, on our own.

The Scripture makes that clear. It says: “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” [Philippians 2:13] We are also exhorted by the words of Jesus, Himself, in John 15:4 to “abide” in Him. But notice the reciprocal context of that precious Scripture. The Christian is to put his faith in this Savior / Shepherd, but, at the same time, the Lord says – “……for apart from Me, you can do nothing.” John 15:5 Is this a contradiction? Of course not. Rather, it is one of Scripture’s many paradoxes. Human reason can never fathom God’s workings. Such workings must be accepted by faith, as God’s doings are often above and beyond our human understanding.

Sinner – you are not a sheep but a goat

You sinner, who is not one of Christ’s sheep, - I hate to relate to you that you are a “goat” in God’s eyes. In your unregenerate (unconverted) sinful state, you are headed for hereafter perdition (hell). Without (genuine) faith in Christ who was born for you and who lived a holy life for you – and, who suffered and died a perfect sacrifice for you – and, who rose from the dead; - without Him abiding in you, it will be a horrific day for you when you die. Your soul will speed its way to a Christless and utterly sinful place in hell to be tormented by its torturous environment and the devil and his minion demons. You may not think this is real or possible, but, God does not lie. He warns you in His Scripture revelation, and by His sent messengers. [Luke 16:19-31] Then, when Christ returns in glorious triumph to this earth at the end of this world, - and the resurrection of the dead takes place, your torment will increase, because your body will be reunited with your tormented soul to suffer as one of God’s rejected goats – forever! Matthew 25:31-46

However, - sinner – There’s good news for you

Sinner – There’s good news for you. The very Scripture Bible which you have refused to take seriously has for you the good news that can affect your status to become one of God’s children, Christian sheep. You can escape the goat status when you die and on the day of eternal judgment, if, by faith, you repent of your sins and receive the Lord Jesus Christ, as your Savior from your sins against your holy Creator God, and His holy commandments. This cannot be accomplished by personal fiat or by willy-nilly prescription schemes.

Christian – You don’t have to be a stupid and a foolish Christian like Joe the Plumber and mega church pastor, Joel Olsteen

When you take your spiritual eyes off your Good Shepherd, Christ, you are bound for trouble. Your cultural surroundings will ensnare you to be the prey of your own sinful nature and the evil one to have you saying things that aren’t true. You will be telling lies to yourself and others, not having the capacity of retaining the truth of God’s divine revelation, because you have separated yourself from the green and nourishing pastures of His very Word, found in the holy Scriptural revelation.

Sinner – You don’t have to be like our nation’s White House occupier – Barack Hussein Obama

Sinner – you don’t have to delude yourself and play games with yourself and your fellowman. You don’t have to play the “big guy” and go it alone like you are a “rock and, an island.” Your stout independence is a hindrance to your priceless soul. Your reliance upon human reasoning and evolution’s pseudo science will permanently trap your soul from being subject to the green pastures of God’s written revelation. Your very willful arrogance, denial and stubbornness to resist God’s powerhouse of spiritual regeneration will eternally do you in. Failing to heed God’s written revelation, the Scriptures, will guarantee your future perdition residence. Luke 16:19-31

The Scripture says:

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat....." Isaiah 55:1f

.....Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”..... John 7:37;38

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17

The Scriptures call for you to repent of your sinful thinking and lifestyle and believe God’s Word [Acts 2:38]. That very same revelation which pronounces you dead in your sins [Ephesians 2:1;2;3] can make you spiritually alive. [Ephesians 2:1-10] But, you must come, God’s way – not with human reason, doubting God’s two edged Scripture sword. Hebrews 4:12 ; also, John 3:14-21

Sinner, - may you by God’s grace come to the point in your temporal and fleeting existence [1 Peter 1:24;25] to hear and read God’s revelation Scriptures! May you be like the Ethiopian who searched, believed and was baptized! Acts 8:26-39

Amen.

Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins

Related Scriptures To the Above Message

Isaiah 53:1f – Christ and His mission foretold (in Old Testament prophecy) hundreds of years before his birth

John 10:1f – Christ, the Good Shepherd

John 15:1f – The absolute necessity of having Christ; abiding in Him and the promise of Christ to be with his own when persecution is exacted by the world’s current culture

Romans 10:17 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 - The absolute necessity of exposing oneself to God's Divine Revelation

Acts 8:1-40 - Two accounts of Philip's ministry - especially, take note how God's Holy Spirit (through the Scriptures) moved the Ethiopian to belief in Christ and the desire to be baptized

Luke 15:3-7 – Christ’s parable of the lost sheep

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.


Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

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