To my dear friends Tiffany and Brian who had to be without their kids for a week so they could protect and serve perfect strangers in New York City, including those who’ve been deceived into hating them by the spirit that has possessed so many…this is for you both.
Never yield to a power unless you know its character. (Love of God) ~ Oswald Chambers, Testing Spiritual Maturity
You will likely never know a more confusing or uncertain time than the one we are now living in. But what I can tell you with absolute certainty is this; Nothing in this world, no amount of talent, knowledge, fortune or fame will replace spiritual maturity as the weapon of choice for our survival in the eternal sense. My favorite Maxwell read this week, Give Yourself Away, fits perfectly in today’s message for two reasons. First, it is the key to the passage home to be with our Father and eternal life in heaven, at the end of this life. Second, it provides great light for us to examine those around us who suffer greatly now because of their commitment to protect and to serve…every single one of us.
Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute! ~ Proverbs 31:8-9
Years ago, people I loved with all my heart turned against me for standing up for my Christian beliefs during the time of the swirling controversy over the Boy Scouts of America’s refusal to cave to the LGBT demands. In the darkest moment it was so bad I had to leave my own home to spend a night alone in a hotel room. It happened to be the night of the Al Smith dinner on October 18, 2012. When I turned on the TV to see the image of a jovial and smiling Cardinal Dolan, wine glass in hand, as he sat between Obama and Romney, it hit me like a dagger straight through my heart. I saw it as the clearest vision of an appeasing shepherd between two wolves.
Eight years later the wolf has only grown stronger, hungrier, and more brazen, as it encircles our own neighborhoods and communities at this very hour. And the pain of watching those we love provide aid and comfort to those who mean us harm has only deepened. Now, instead of merely sitting with the wolves, I see the shepherd standing and marching with the wolves in BLM clothing. They claim to speak for the people who have no voice, and for the rights of the down-and-outers, and for justice…as they prepare to destroy all that is good…with the help of those foolish enough to believe their lies. “I said If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down the system and replace it.” ~ Hawk Newsome, BLM President. Watch him speak his words HERE.
The Holy Spirit has led me to two churches. God is not making me choose between churches, God is expanding my Christian Family…to bring His greater light to both for the benefit of all. One of my churches is sickened from its possession by the very spirit that is being called out here. It’s the spirit of fear, false power, and illusion. It’s the spirit that attacks an invitation to pray and fast. I liken this “Progressive” spirit to the power Grima Wormtongue used to control King Theoden (shepherds)…until Gandalf (Holy Spirit) freed him from the spell HERE.
It’s the very same spirit that holds the shepherd back from speaking truth for fear of offending, for surrendering the church’s moral and rightful authority to the state, as well as our FULL unfettered Constitutional Right to God’s House to the same illegitimate and corrupt authority. Anyone who believes this is God’s will for us knows a different God than I do…
“Our Lord has no illusions about men, and He knows that every relationship in life that is not based on loyalty to Him will end in disaster.” ~ Oswald Chambers, The Need for Disillusionment
In fact, the Holy Spirit directed me to a Fear Not Fellowship gathering last Sunday, fifteen minutes from my home. I found a most remarkable gathering of fellow Christians INSIDE, unrestricted, unrestrained, unafraid, and joyful in their fellowship. There was no sign or hint of the virus…as if God had purged it from the tabernacle. No masks…no distancing. Only worship, prayer, praise, and lots of singing. Two things happened to me here. First, I felt my body begin to heal and strengthen in those 90 minutes of worship. Second, I never remember names. It always takes me at least a couple times. I remember every single name of every soul I met last Sunday!
The Holy Spirit directs me in both churches now, with love and unbridled truth. He blesses me to be with my brothers in my first church as we meet for Bible study on Thursday nights, as He blesses me to be with new family on Sundays…where He has directed me to offer $1,776 on behalf of and in honor of my friends Tiffany and Brian at this morning’s service…
On this final Sunday of June 2020, we greet you from (the Fear Not Fellowship) in the precious and mighty Name of Jesus, that “name which is above every name…” (Philippians 2:9)! And, we praise God that a federal judge this past Friday overruled the discriminatory and illegal restrictions against gatherings for religious worship services! We applaud the very clear stand of the Honorable Judge Gary Sharpe who said that “faith-based New Yorkers and their religious institutions’ free-speech rights were trampled upon by social-distancing rules set by the state that were more severe than for secular businesses”. Notwithstanding the need for godly wisdom and understandable safety measures in any kind of emergency situation, a close examination of the broader course of events in our Land reveals that established constitutional rights and our Judaeo- Christian foundation have been under determined attack for a long time! The greater, spiritual issue for us, however, is not just a matter of getting back to our comfortable sanctuaries, casual Christianity, and indifferent lifestyles! We desperately need repentance, revival and reconciliation – first with a holy God, and then with our fellow man! We have sinned, but who really wants to hear that – even in most evangelical churches? Many just want feel-good, self-acknowledging, conviction-free sermonettes! There are no fancy, religious shortcuts to getting right with God, and with others against whom we stand guilty. Just read the Bible! Hopefully things like Covid-19 will drive us to our knees to truly seek the Lord (Hosea 10:12), to consider our ways (Haggai 1:5), to honestly follow the formula of 2 Chronicles 7:14, and to do what God requires of us: “to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God” (Micah 6:8)! We are being called back to First-Century, Acts of the Apostles’ faith, living and witness – all by the Holy Spirit! No compromise, grandstanding or showcasing – but God’s Word, prayer, unfeigned worship, the Holy Spirit, the witness of the Gospel, unity among brethren, and above all, His LOVE!! You are welcome to join us at 10:30AM (also live streamed & shared), Always in the love of Jesus the Messiah, Pastor Faithful Servant, Fear Not Fellowship. HABAKKUK 3:17-19! YOU ARE WELCOME IN GOD’S HOUSE!
Tiffany shared this wonderful tribute to those who Protect & Serve us all…please share with your loved ones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3QcThn5CcI