Sunday, August 26, 2012

Christian persecution increasing toward the end times

Jesus prepared His disciple followers for hard times. Before He was put to death Christ often conversed with his 12 disciples about difficult days to follow. After Christ's suffering and death at the hands of His own Jewish people; and that of the Romans; the disciples all suffered severe persecution. From what can be pieced together of Biblical and other history; all Christ's 11 disciples were martyred, - all except the Apostle John who was banished to spend the rest of his life in seclusion on the Island of Patmos.

The following words [below] of Jesus also apply to present day disciples. After all, did not Christ, (after his bodily resurrection and before his ascension into heaven) instruct His disciples with the Great Commission [Matthew 28:19-20] promising to be with them until the end of time? That "end of time" includes all disciples following those 1st Century persecuted disciples.

Words of Comfort, Warning and Encouragement From Christ - Gospel of John 15:16-27

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.

Hatred Directed to the Christian:

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’

The Lord's Promise of His Holy Spirit:

“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning. - John 15:16-27

Please note just one example how Christians are being persecuted as Christ foretold


Excerpt:

>>>>>>> ...... Crucifixion, the Islamic punishment for apostasy, sometimes follows an execution as the purpose is to draw attention to the deterrent. In 2011, nearly 170 Sudanese were charged with apostasy.

Unlike the above punishments, cross-amputation — the removal of the right hand and left foot — is less public and often goes unreported; the sentence is usually handed-out in emergency tribunals that were first established more than a decade ago in Sudan to summarily deal with armed robbery and arms trafficking.

Cross-amputation is also found in the Qu'ran: "Those that make war against Allah and His apostle and spread disorders in the land shall be put to death or crucified, or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides … (Sura 5:33).

The verse ends with, "For you must know that Allah is forgiving and merciful," a phrase which seems to contradict itself when considering the barbarity of these divinely sanctioned punishments. <<<<<<<<< - worthynews.com/

Related:



The Psalm 9:17 Scripture - A Scripture of Comfort for the Christian believer

“The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God.” (Psalm 9:17)

Certainly if a person is living as Christ’s disciple, he will possess his share of enemies. Jesus makes this clear when it comes to even one’s own family. We are also told in one of the New Testament Epistles [2 Tim. 3:12] -- “....all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

We also know from the Scripture that we are to find no amusement in the temporal and eternal demise of our enemies:

“Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.” Proverbs 24:17-18

And so, very briefly, I propose that there is no contradiction with the reality of the wicked being cast into hell and with the righteous finding relief in that fact. Usually when we think of the “eternal ‘relief’ of the righteous” we think in terms of heavenly bliss, comfort and perfection. But for a moment, think of the Christian disciple’s relief as an eternal relief apart from his enemies, knowing assuredly that they are no longer able to wreak havoc upon his life and soul!

Without contradiction and without rejoicing over the eternal damnation of the wicked -- of those unrighteous enemies of Christ, the Christian disciple can find sweet comfort in the reality that God is true to His Word and that He ultimately punishes the wicked and gives them their chosen destiny!

It is a sweet relief to know that the unrighteous will not inhabit heaven to wreak havoc anymore upon the righteous. It is a sweet relief to know that the wicked will not contaminate the believer’s existence anymore. This is not rejoicing in the pathetic demise of the unbelieving wicked. It is rather, a triumph of victory that the dear soul who trusts Christ, is finally without strife and in a perfect place which cannot molest or destroy his sweet communion and companionship with His Righteous God and Savior.

Amen.

See also:



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

Old Testament:

Psalm 1:1-6 -- The Lord God will reward the righteous and bring his just punishment upon the wicked

New Testament:

2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 -- The Lord God will recompense just vengenance upon those who have opposed His dear children


1 Peter 1:1-25 -- Words of (everlasting) comfort for the believer

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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.

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Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3



Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Damning Emotion of Hatred

Hatred is the uninhibited flame that fuels the murderous impulse. It is the unrestrained seedling plant which eventually grows to its malevolent maturity. It is the worst of emotions. Hatred towards one’s fellowman will ultimately damn the soul it possesses.

It is one thing to dislike a person – to take displeasure in someone’s attitudes, actions and lifestyle. One may even be frustrated with people, situations and circumstances. Frustration, dislike, displeasure, or even anger, cannot match the rage that ensues with hatred’s venomous emotion.

Anger is oftentimes a “mental reflex.” Left unchecked and unrestrained, it becomes a “hell on wheels,” to whomever it confronts. Frustration, displeasure and dislike, graduate into anger. It is fed by erroneous beliefs and immoral choices. Once anger becomes hatred, it consumes the one who hates. Hatred is, by far, the worst human emotion, because it leaves in its maddening and deepening tracks, present and eternal gruesome consequences.

Human history is replete with hatred’s tsunami type devastation. Volumes fill library shelves telling both the negative and destructive results of hatred’s emotion, unleashed. Recent past history showcases Adolph Hitler’s hatred, turned vengeance, against 6 million Jews, and other peoples. More recently, hatred is personified in both the rhetoric and murderous actions of global terrorists who strap bombs to their children to fuel their maddening and deadly feuds -- hatred gone wild at its worst – destroying innocent human lives.

Biblical Revelation Reveals Hatred’s Eternal Consequences

Those who reject the Triune God’s Biblical revelation gift to humanity are often quick to ignore the Scripture’s pronunciation on those who are ruled by hatred’s emotion. And, naturally, so. Ignorance is bliss; and also stubborn refusal to accept the authority and integrity of the Divine Revelation gives an individual an opportunity to exercise free will and independence.

Those who reject Divine Revelation are often prone to do so because they cannot imagine that people who live a lifestyle of hatred (nor, themselves), will suffer the tormenting eternal damning consequences. Going out of their way to ignore hatred’s “nth” degrees, these people will go so far as to say that even the Hitlers of humanity will eventually end up in heaven -- so goes “Universalism’s” belief.

But the Biblical Revelation makes it quite clear that to live a life of hatred towards one’s fellowman is an automatic banishment from God’s present and future presence.

The Christian New Testament Letter of John 1:1f, is a short and revealing addition to the Divine Revelation. All “Christians” should read and re-read and thoroughly digest its contents. It is a Scriptural book that can be repeatedly utilized to evaluate one’s adherence and commitment to the Christian Faith. I once did a particular study on these 5 chapters and isolated 5 “proofs” of Christian identity. One of those “proofs” to evaluate one’s genuine commitment and belief in Christ is the demonstrated love that a person will show to his fellowman. This, of course, coincides with what Christ talked about when He elaborated on the two major Commandments Matthew 22:35;36;37;38;39;40

It is evident, that if a person lives a life of hatred – there can be no question that this person’s spiritual eternal existence belongs with the damned in hell. The New Testament Epistle of 1 John 3:14;15 speak to this reality:

………He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. -- See also 1 John 2:9;10;11

The Triune Loving God is [also] a God of Hatred

One of the most quoted verses of Scripture is: “God is love.” It is derived from the following Scripture: “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [1 John 4.9] And, even a more well know Scripture is the familiar:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish, but hath everlasting life……………” KJV - Gospel of John 3:16; 17

But often one of the most neglected realities, is, that God is a God of hatred. The Triune God of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures hates sin! So much so, does this Holy God hate sin, that He is bound by His Name and other perfect attributes, to punish human sin to the fullest measure. [Ezekiel 18.20] – “The soul that sinneth, it shall die…..” [KJV] That’s one of the major reasons there is a hell – not, just, because people choose to follow their primrose path to its torment, acting upon their stubborn, free will.

Friend, are you headed stubbornly in your own direction? Could you care less about the Divine Revelation? Are you angered when other people call attention to your inadequacies and inconsistencies? Do you become so riled that you resort to pettiness and name calling? Have you become so self absorbed that you refuse to listen to any authority but your own? Do you resent it when you are designated a damnable sinner? Are your incensed that there are people other than yourself who are so assured of their (blissful) eternal destiny that it makes you want to vomit?

Then, dear friend, you do have a huge problem. It isn’t just, a present problem, but it is going to become your worst nightmare. Your stubborn refusal to listen and learn from the One (Christ) who was tormented and murdered for your sins, will be your undoing. You – even though you may not be a hate monger, will stand in judgment and punishment for all your sins against the Triune God for disobedience to His Ten Commandments. Don’t further your guilt and judgment by saying that you haven’t lied, cheated and lusted.

I assure you -- you will not be able to rest and be at peace. When you die, you will still continue to exist. You will either exist with “life,” eternal, or, your death will open up for you the living torments of eternal death. Having forsaken the Savior, your future eternal “life” will be “death,” -- in continual torment, because you chose and decided to deal with your sins, your way – apart from God’s Remedy. [Luke 16:19-31] Only through the shed blood of the Risen and Eternal Christ, will you find peace for your present, future and eternal existence. John 3:1-21

Swallow your pride. Come humbly to God’s Throne of Grace [Luke 18:9-14 ; Luke 15:11-32] --confronting both the person and the sayings of Christ and -- finding in Him true peace with your Holy Creator God, who hates your sin and will hold you accountable for it. Find in Christ, God’s solution for your troubled soul. He is your only way out. He is your only escape. He can be your life – both now and after you breathe your earthly last.

If you are confused, frustrated, angry and incensed to the point of hatred, read in the Gospels; what Christ has done for you – taking upon Himself, your confusion, frustration, your anger and even your hatred to appease a Holy and Just God, who will some day be your eternal Judge. Believe you me – Christ can be your perfect companion.

It says in Scripture that Christ's enemies hated Him without a cause. [John 15.25] Why? Because He was (is) sinless. He was the perfect sacrifice for all your sins, that if unrepented of, will plummet you into the “lake of fire” where you will truly experience an eternal judgment and punishment, for all your sins. Revelation 20:12;15

Believe Christ’s and His written revelation Words. When you truly believe Christ, and turn from your sins, then you will possess both the present and eternal Advocate (Attorney) working on your behalf, to free you from your well deserved future indictment and eternal death sentence because of your past and present sins against God and His Ten Commandments.

May God move you by His Holy Spirit to take His Words of Scripture seriously. Read them; listen to them. Realize that is is God's divine written revelation that is his precious gift to you. May you come to faith by that written revelation as it is the Lord's means of grace to work saving faith within your spirit. Romans 1:16; Romans 10:17 ; 1 Peter 1:23 ; Acts 8:26-39
Amen.

Please note:



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

Psalm 69:4 – Christ and the hatred of His enemies, prophesied

John 15:18-25 – the world’s hatred of Christ and His followers. Hating Christ “without a cause,” -- fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy -- Psalm 69:4

1 John 2: 1-17 -- Knowing Christ, as one of His children -- possessing Him as "Advocate," for the "propitiation" of personal sin. This portion of Scripture also lays down one criterion of truly possessing Christ.

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


The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3


Please Note: Topical Christian Messages, by subject

Pastor (Emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages and related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

Note also - The aforementioned message (with the exception of minor editing) was previously posted online with this web author's former [old] moralmatters.org website

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Who Are Christ’s Enemies?

This topical message asks the question in the present tense, as it is very obvious who "were" the enemies of Christ. From Biblical history and otherwise, we know that the Jewish people who clamored before Pontius Pilate for Christ’s execution, were enemies of Christ. There were also, those Roman people who played a huge role in Christ's crucifixion at the time. They did not hate Christ as some of those Jewish religious leaders; but, nevertheless they thought that they could directly solve a political problem to quiet down the masses.

Also we know from Scripture that Christ ".....came to His own and His own received Him not." [John 1:1f] Even some of those from Christ’s own family line did not recognize Him for who He (actually) was. The Scripture statement in John’s Gospel of Christ coming to “His own; and His own received Him not,” could also be referring to all of human creation. The true God and Creator of the cosmos came down from His lofty holy heavenly throne to be born of human flesh; live a holy life; suffer, die and rise from the dead for His sinful creation; but, most of that creation of humanity rejected Him and continue to reject Him. Matthew 7:13; 14

How do people become Christ’s enemies in today's world?

We are told by Scripture that disciples of Christ are besieged and affected by the spiritual battle which is waged in "high places." Hence, it is of paramount importance, to be highly aware of one's spiritual enemies. The Scripture warns of Satan who roams about “seeking whom he may devour.” Ephesians 6:10-18

But not all Christ’s enemies who prey upon Christ’s disciples, are unseen [spiritual]. Who are Christian's physical (here and now) enemies? Obviously, unbelievers, as that is expected, as they are outside the pale of Christianity [the church]. But, those within the church are very deadly because they foment and promulgate doctrines of devils, thereby leading souls, astray. 1 Timothy 4:1-2 ; 2 Timothy 3:1-5 ; 1 Timothy 3:8

Are Christ’s enemies aware that they are opposed to Christ?

Are enemies of Christ conscious that they are opposed to Christ? No; not necessarily so. Often those opposed to Christ are those thinking that they are serving Him. Christ made mention of these sorry souls, as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew 7:15-27:

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” – Matthew 7:15-27

Please also note: The Gospel of John 8:1f where Jesus confronts His enemies. It is evident that they are blind, having no clue.

Enemies of Christ are actively involved in Christian churches; Christian denominations and Christian organizations

The Christian Religion has its (sad) share of Christ’s enemies. Dr. Martin Luther aptly observed that in the “visible” church there were both believers [in Christ] and unbelievers (hypocrites).

But the worst kind of enemies of Christ are those who proliferate by [their] activity (both private and public), teaching and practice in opposition to the Scriptures. During Christ’s ministry He condemned these false teachers with the following descriptive words:

[KJV] - "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Matthew 15:8;9 ; See also, specifically: Matthew 7:7

Please read Matthew 15:1-20 to receive the full import context of the aforementioned two verses. Christ was teaching His disciples [and, for that matter, disciples of His, today] that selfish and self-serving religious traditions, institutions and homemade handbook rules, are contrary to true worship and commitment to Him.

How do Christ’s enemies exhibit their opposition to Him?

I’m reminded of the one book and / or video of the late Rev. Richard Wurmbrand who spent 14 years in Communist prisons. He was teaching about the “body of Christ” – Christ’s “mystical” presence [body] here upon earth as represented by true believers, as described in the Apostle’s Creed – “the Holy Christian church; the communion of saints.”

Pastor Wurmbrand described the sufferings of this band of true disciples and referred to their sufferings with the words [paraphrase]: “Christ knows no difference between His suffering and His followers;” being that Christ is so lovingly attached to His mystical “body of believers” here upon earth. Now, I am not so sure that I understand all that, intellectually; but, it makes no difference. I will not dispute with an admired [by me] Christian who has suffered so much for Christ, as Wurmbrand did. And, I also think of what the Apostle Paul stated: "From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." Galatians 6:17 - KJV

Now, the point being, of the aforementioned: Christ’s enemies are those enemies who are enemies of His disciples. That’s how intimately Christ is connected to His mystical body of believers, here on earth. As a mother bear is protective of her baby cubs; so much more on a grand heavenly scale, is the Lord Jesus (intimately) protective of His own, when enemies of His true followers besiege those followers with their persecuting schemes, conniving games and damaging actions. [Psalm 105:14;15 ; Psalm 28:1f] Those enemies of Christ will not go without divine retribution. Psalm 73:1f ; Psalm 37:1f

Those who do not possess faith in Christ are (essentially) Christ’s enemies; they insult God, by their unbelief

Although God is love, the Scripture says that He is "angry with the wicked everyday." [Psalm 7:11] This is one of those Scriptural paradoxes which cannot be easily explained, but must, in faith, be accepted. Note also: Ephesians 2:1-10 – especially, Ephesians 2:1-4, that before God in His grace floods a person’s soul with His Holy Spirit conversion [John 3:8] - that person is counted as one of God’s “children of wrath.” [KJV]

Unregenerate and unconverted friend: You who may be reading or hearing this message read to you; don’t think for a moment that because you aren’t actively preaching, teaching God’s divine revelation Scriptures in an unworthy manner, that you are exempt from His displeasure and wrath. If you do not have faith in the Christ of the Hebrew Old Testament and Jewish New Testament Scriptures, revealing the birth, life, suffering, death and resurrection of Christ, - then, you too, are Christ’s enemy. By your sinful presence you are not fit to enter a holy eternity with Christ. Your lot will rather be a hellish one. Therefore, your sinful presence is loathsome to Christ’s. You must be cleansed from your sinful filthiness. Only through the precious holy blood of Christ can that be obtained. You must be clothed with the garments of Christ’s holiness. Matthew 22:1-14 ; Romans 3:25;26 ; Romans 4:3;5;6 ; Philippians 3:9-14

May God grant you His grace to wrest you away from your sinful and damning unbelief in Christ. May He grace you with His grace to come to faith in Christ! Ephesians 2:1-10

It is my prayer that you “seek the Lord while He may be found.” [Isaiah 55:1f] Read, study and hear the Scriptural divine revelation. Expose yourself to God’s means of grace. Faith in Christ is found in His Word. Romans 1:16; Romans 10:17 ; 1 Peter 1:23 ; Acts 8:26-39

Finally, may God’s Holy Spirit work in you His presence to be born from, above. [John 3:1-21 (in context) ; John 1:1-14] Then, you will be no longer enemies of Christ’s, but His friends. But, then, beware; because Christ’s enemies will then, become your enemies, if you continue in Christ’s Word, being Christ’s disciples in word and deed. So, Christ says: in John 15:1f

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

Psalm 1:1f – Christ’s enemies contrasted with the righteous

Psalm 2:1f – A description of Christ’s enemies

1 Timothy 6:3-10 – Another description of some of Christ’s enemies

2 Corinthians 13:1-14 – Christ’s disciples will sometimes be incorrectly regarded as reprobates.

John 15:1f - Christ's disciples will be ill-treated (persecuted) by Christ's enemies

1 Corinthians 15:24-28 - Christ will rule over all His enemies

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


The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3


Please Note: Topical Christian Messages, by subject

Pastor (Emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages and related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Two Reasons Why the United States is Assassinating Its Future

It is common historical knowledge that the traditional family structure is the underpinning foundation for any healthy and progressing culture and / or, nation. As history unfolds, intelligent minds look with perspective at history’s lessons. Those cultures, societies, and nations whose family structure crumbled, were soon taken over by other nations. It should not take an historical Einstein to figure out that the United States (as we and our ancestors know and knew it), is soon crumbling.

The emergent and destructive Supreme Court and other judicial decisions have weakened the family structure of our representative democracy. Political correctness coupled with an anti (traditional) belief of “tolerance,” has led to a political atmosphere of “multiculturalism,” where all value systems are to be regarded as equal. Our United States is being pummeled with the destruction of our unique Founding Father’s identity. Without clear distinctions of our own borders, language and particular nationalistic culture, the US will become just another crumbled, fallen and past nation. It's only a matter of time before all this will come true.

The sin of abortion murders

For sake of illustration, let’s do some simple math. The dreadful Roe V. Wade Supreme Court decision granted to [under the false guise of the 14th Amendment – “Right to privacy”] pregnant women, the unrestricted “right” to rid themselves of their offspring, by means of the medical “Procedure,” called, “abortion.” Using the conservative numerical figure of 1 million (babies) per year since 1973, we arrive at a minimum of 35 million. [And, this is a very conservative number] Essentially, (and, horrendously) we have an average, 2,740 persons eliminated from our US population – per day! I say “persons” because their human identity can not only be theologically substantiated, but also medically and scientifically demonstrated.

2,740 persons represent the equivalent of an American small town. If an earthquake or tornado wiped out a US town of this size, we would never hear the end of it from the mainstream media. Yet, each and every day since the Supreme Court contrived its ill-fated, erroneous and murderous decision, the equivalent of 1 US town (of 2740 plus persons) is erased from the map! [And, of course, nothing is heard about this from the ever growing decadent news media!


My maternal grandmother is my hero

For my own part, I would not be living here today, had my maternal grandmother (in 1918) followed through with a medical doctor’s prescribed “therapeutic abortion.” Back then, when government did not interfere, there were “therapeutic abortions" which were performed to truly save the life of the mother. It was a private and delicate affair between a woman and her personal physician.

My Grandmother Schulz had her bags packed 3 different times, but finally could not go through with the recommended “procedure” that would [supposedly] guarantee her life. She ended up trusting in the goodness and mercy of Almighty God – and, decided to continue with the natural process which had begun with her and Grandpa. I was not privy to this reality until after Grandma had passed on. Had I been privy to this courageous reality, I would have personally thanked her continually.

Grandma gave birth to Mom. I am the “product” of 3 other sons. Mom lived to see her sons’ children and some of her great grandchildren. All in all, counting sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren, there are 30 of us (the last time I counted).

Do I believe in “abortion on demand?” No way, no how – and for good reasons! And to think that our US laws permit a woman to obtain an abortion for any reason she so chooses, is abhorrent! But such is the cold hard reality of a culture on the skids.

Please also note:


The Muslim culture unlike US American law, respects human life in the womb

By and large, it is my understanding that the Islamic culture respects life in the womb and is adverse to the human abortion (genocidal) carnage experienced here in our Western Culture. Every once in awhile there is a news report mentioning the reality of Muslims increasing their population in traditionally populated Western nations. As the Muslim populations increase, certain European nations are being challenged with their own identity and legal structures.

Here is the broad implication [“skinny” – if you will]:

Radical Islamist terrorists – if they are patient won’t have to resort to further 9/11 terrorist devastations. [They can bide their time as the Muslim population globally increases] The terrorists who already intimidate more peaceful Muslims can then have “free course” in saturating Western Culture with their overreaching population (cultural) controlling influence.

Please note: Short U-Tube clip: The ironic and pathetic consequence of disobeying God’s first command of being fruitful and multiplying – and the needless and wanton national sin of abortion -- “Muslim Demographics”

Although I admire the Muslim culture to be respectful of not impeding its pre-born to be born, (unlike the US), I thoroughly detest the radical and terrorist element of Islam for sacrificing its youth. I am here referring to the odious, loathsome, dastardly and despicable practice of Muslim terrorists who train their youth to hate Israel and Western Culture and then sacrifice themselves as suicide bombers.

US courts allow homosexuality and homosexual activists, “free course”

Unlike the Muslim culture, US courts and American law encourage homosexuality and its shameless public expression outgrowth. Furthermore, US courts and American law are encouraged by a very liberal news media that likens homosexual activists to be Martin Luther King juniors. Political correctness and multicultural (cemented) mindsets in both (out of control) government and liberal leftist media, celebrate this “diversity,” of which, they don’t recognize to be the destruction of traditional family structure.

The very nature of homosexuality that is promoted by minority homosexual activists, is, that “it” is against “nature.” [Romans 1:18-32] Creator God never created the human rectum for anything but exit purposes. The continuing reality of homosexuals desiring to be “married,” only shows how they and their homosexual activists’ cohorts have attempted to pervert and hijack not only the English language, but also the very intrinsic structure and intended purpose of human marriage.

Marriage has been one of those human institutions which is inherently in a class and world all by itself. Marriage, is the human practice, that from the beginning of time has been between husband (man) and wife (woman). Its purpose was for companionship and for procreation.

Homosexuals, homosexual activists and their practice of homosexuality do not produce an intimate companionship relationship between a man and a woman. Nor does the unnatural relationship produce children. Furthermore -- ask yourself the obvious question: “What part of the human anatomy was created for exit purposes only?

Let’s put some 2 and 2 together:

What could be more culturally conflicting than that of the US American culture, to that of the Islamic culture? Unrestricted abortion and the promotion of homosexuality. What could be more divergent to the two cultures? Now, is it easier to understand that while Western Culture promotes what is abhorred by Islamic Culture, -- that those 2 “elements” will end up being major roadblock fundamentals contributing to our US Western Culture’s decline and destruction?

The Triune God’s Judgment over human sin is “a given”

The Triune (true) God of the historically documented Hebrew and Christian Scriptures has made it clear that He is directly involved in human affairs.

Yes, God will judge. Psalm 105:1f states that “……his judgments are in all the earth.” Scripture also reveals that God will not only dispense “judgment,” but “punishment” as well:

"The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made; in the net which they hid, their own foot is caught. The LORD is known by the judgment He executes; the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands." [Psalm 9:15]

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. Psalm 9:15-17

For behold, the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain. Isaiah 26:21

Psalm 106:1f specifically names some certain sins of God’s chosen people, Israel:

But they mingled with the Gentiles and learned their works; they served their idols, which became a snare to them. They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons, and shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols ofCanaan;and the land was polluted with blood. Thus they were defiled by their own works, and played the harlot by their own deeds.Therefore the wrath of the LORD was kindled against His people, so that He abhorred His own inheritance. And He gave them into the hand of the Gentiles, and those who hated them ruled over them.Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand. Psalm 106:35-42

Since the Triune God is the God of human history, He will, in His time, dispense His specific justice and punishments. US Western culture will not be exempt – nor for that matter, Muslim culture. Human sin is dealt with, in temporal and eternal fashion by the holy Creator. Gospel of Matthew 25:31-46

As far as our culture going homosexually “ape,” -- the just and good Lord has already pronounced his word of judgment. [Romans 1:18-32] There is no escape from the all knowing and discerning eye of Almighty God. Those souls who by their sinful lifestyles continually flaunt their Creator, will be eternally cast aside. Galatians 5:19-21

Even though our nation is crumbling, Creator Christ desires you - the individual soul

Societies, cultures and nations come and go, but those who do the will of Creator God will be blessed – not only in the present, but in eternity. [Psalm 1:1-6 and Psalm 33:1f] The one Christian Creed calls this, “Life everlasting,” as opposed to the damned (death everlasting) which will be the never ending fate of those people who never repented of their sins and who [in effect, and in reality] chose to live a life apart from Creator God. Luke 16:19-21

Friend, are you an individual soul caught up in the culture’s sins? Are you struggling with attempting to be “Politically correct” yet, maintain some semblance of conscience? Are you possessing identity problems, and in the process seeking self esteem forbidden by nature and God, Himself? Are you struggling to defend your culture’s multicultural understanding which imposes intolerance upon those whom it wishes to silence?

Friend, there is a way of escape. That way out of your sin and rebellion against nature and God, is the very person who created you. [Colossians 1:13-20] God did not institute the Ten Commandments so as to deprive you forbidden fruit. He gave us [in part] the Commandments to show us what type of perfection He expects. You are a sinner. Admit it. You are a damnable sinner headed for hell – admit that also. Your unbelief will eternally damn you. Believe in Christ as your Savior from all of your sin.

Your only hope is to recognize your deplorable sinful condition. If you would, but take stock in the life and death of a certain special person who kept all of God’s Commandments for you – then, there is hope for you. Only through the birth, life, suffering, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, can you be sure of eternal life’s certainty – and, confident in (conscience) in this present life. Only through the shed (holy) blood sacrifice (for sin) of Creator Christ, can you truly be at peace with your Creator, welcome into his holy heaven some day, when you finally breathe your last. But, just because there is a cookie jar; does not portend cookies in that jar. Father God has provided a rescue from your sins which will lead you to perdition, because of your unbelief in Christ your Savior. You must come to faith in Christ to avoid that godless and hellish eternity.

It is my prayer, that God will have mercy upon your soul; and spare you His just judgment and punishment. May He lead you to humble yourself; believe and trust in Him. Luke 18:9-14 ; Luke 19:1-10 ; John 1:14-18 ; Lamentations 5:21 ; Isaiah 55:1-9 ; John 3:14-21 and Matthew 7:13-29

May God the Holy Spirit work faith in your heart to believe him, as you expose yourself to the Holy Scriptures; Creator God's divine revelation life and spirit changing means! Romans 10:17 ; Romans 1:16 ; 1 Peter 1:23

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

Psalm 1:1-6 and Psalm 5:4-6 -- Favored by Creator God -- those who do His will; cursed by Creator God -- those who are wicked

John 3:14-21 --The supreme and eternal importance of belief in Christ, the Savior

Luke 18:9 -14 -- Recognizing personal sin so that you can look to the Savior

Luke 13:1-5 and Luke 19:1-10 – The importance of repentance for personal sin

Luke 13:23-30 – Familiarity with Creator Christ is no substitute for a genuine relationship with Him

Romans 1:18-32 – Creator God will not mess around with His creation, for those who reject Him. These verses of Scripture also illustrate what happens to sinners when they initially reject Creator God’s creation and fail to honor Him as Creator. Failing to give Creator God the credit and to be thankful to Him spells out a degenerating multiplicity of human problems and woes.

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


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The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages and related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

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