The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ “His Honor”

When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; ~ Proverbs 28:28

God saves a man and endues him with His Holy Spirit, and says in effect, “Now it is up to you to prove it, work it out; be loyal to Me while the nature of things around you would make you disloyal. I have called you friends, now stand loyal to your Friend.” His honor is at stake in our bodily life. ~ Oswald Chambers, Fruitfulness of Friendship

I started to title this morning’s message Cowardice, but He told me the title needed to be something more positive. There are few things more sacred to me than honor, and there is nothing in this life more worth living and dying for than “His honor”. Of course, the exact polar opposite of that would be cowardice. It pains me to say the following, but it needs to be said. The greatest concentration of cowardice today is in our churches. Period. I woke up to this wonderful FB post from a Minisink sister urging all New Yorkers to end the evil in Albany with their vote this November…prompting: I hate to say this but it’s going to take way more than voting to save our state. It is going to take men willing to be men again…and churches willing to be churches again. The sad fact is there are more cowards hiding behind the cross…and the insane construct of “Dominion Theology” planted by the devil himself, than most any other institution in our country. There are few of us more cunning or clever than cowards! WE ALL need to be salt where the distaste is, light where the darkness is, and TRUTH where the liars are…NOT hiding in our pulpits! And yes…certainly, we must VOTE!

Can there possible be a greater Proverbs fool than the mind foolish enough to swallow the beware Dominion Theology hook? “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” ~ Genesis 1:26 (KJV)

Like Costner’s character said in Open Range, “There are things that gnaw on a man worse than dying.” People scared of Covid??? That’s a COLD! Cowardice is the pandemic that’s killing us! And churches of all places! Oh…I see plenty of Esther’s, Ruth’s, Rahab’s, and Abigail’s…but precious few David’s, Joshua’s, and Caleb’s. What do you suppose the male-to-female ratio is of attorneys in New York? If not for ONE woman (Bobbie Anne Cox) who stood up, we would have had Concentration Camps in New York!

This week’s P&FW invite which featured IFA’s We’re Being Groomed for the Antichrist” …     The worldwide reaction to the Covid-19 crisis served, I believe, as a “global grooming” for the advent of the Antichrist. Seeing the Church’s response, I have wondered if wethe people of Jesusare ready for the real deal. How many of us donned a piece of cloth across our faces whenever mandated? How many of us submitted reluctantly to uncertain medical treatment to keep a job? How many of us locked ourselves away in our houses, hoping someone else would deal with the ailing and suffering ones? ~ We’re Being Groomed for the Antichrist”

I have a newsflash people…Honor is ungroomable! Men being the men God made us to be are ungroommable. How long will we allow women to do the standing, fighting, and bleeding for us? The “Fruitfulness of Friendship”? How many of us think of ourselves as good Christians…attend church every Sunday…refrain from cussing…read our Bibles and so on? But how can a single one of us who avoids and refuses to be the salt, the light, and the truth where He needs us most dare to think of Him as our Friend? That is no less of a head-fake lie to the Holy Spirit…NO…in fact that is a far greater lie to the Holy Spirit than the one told by Ananias and his wife Sapphira in Acts 5.

I must confess that I was hopeful last December when the church folk showed up to see Pastor Steve honored at our Orange Strong Christmas Party…only to disappear again. I have news brothers. Death will surely come for those who wait, while honor rides out to meet his fate.

It’s Time!

A Psalm (Heart) & Proverb (Wisdom) a Day Drives The Tyrant Away! PS 42:2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;

When shall I come and appear before God?

PR 6:4,5 Give no sleep to your eyes or slumber to your eyelids;

Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter’s hand

And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

BardsFM: “We are witnessing the separation of those with marginal belief from those of true faith.” ~ “Outside Looking In”

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3 Responses to The Sunday Morning Tune-up ~ “His Honor”

  1. Frank says:

    Good evening, Chip.
    The Genesis 1 passage you quote gives Adam and mankind dominion over the animals and the earth, not over other human beings… Followers of Christ are certainly called to use our influence as salt and light to point people to the only hope for salvation and life, here on earth and for eternity, the Lord Jesus Christ. But I do not see in God’s Word where we are called to attempt a power grab on the “7 mountains” of societal power…. The disciples were looking for Jesus to establish an earthly kingdom and overthrow the Roman government, but He explained to them that this was not His plan at all. He had a much better and greater goal…. Let’s search the Scriptures together and allow the Holy Spirit to provide discernment for our thoughts and actions in the days ahead…. and we obviously have much to do!
    Otherwise the enemy will continue to succeed as he has obviously been doing for way too long.
    As our celebration of the Lord’s Table today reminded us, Jesus, who knew no sin, became sin for us, so that we may become the righteousness of God and His children, now and forever!

  2. Chip Murray says:

    I am reminded of the old question, “If a tree fell in the forest and there was no one there to hear it, would it make a sound?” Jesus did not build His Ekklesia to be irrelevant. He did not build His Ekklesia to close it’s doors for a flu cold. He did not build His Ekklesia to be silent while His “little ones” are made to stumble, are raped, abused, tortured, and fed to Communists and Baal. Acts 4 Peter & John “allowed” the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, in turn, encouraged and empowered them to obey God rather than comply with the authorities. “Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.” Compliance with evil is obedience to the devil. He told us to occupy until He comes…not hide until He comes. First Century Disciples, all martyred, would be heart-broken to see what has become of the body of “believers”…

  3. Chip Murray says:

    Barton says it best: “This modern hostility toward Christianity in America is unprecedented, but the general conflict is not new. Throughout history, those who hate God have joined forces with another to oppose God, His Son, and His people. The worldview conflict between the two sides is ancient, but the question of which side will succeed at any given time here on earth is determined by the people; if they preserve a love for God and His things, the secular anti-God forces will not prevail; but if those who love God become apathetic, lethargic, and uninvolved, the opposing forces will triumph—which is what is occurring in America today.

    Significantly, polling repeatedly affirms that public approval for religious expressions such as prayer at school events or political gatherings, displays of the Ten Commandments or other religious documents, preservation of the National Motto and “under God” in the Pledge, teaching creation in public schools, etc., is consistently at seventy percent support or above. Yet in each of these areas, the secularists and God-haters are prevailing in public policy. This is not because they are greater in numbers but rather because the seventy percent sits by, shakes its head, and does nothing, while the opposition remains active. As Jesus pointed out in Matthew 13:25, when the good men go to sleep, the enemy comes in and wreaks havoc.” ~ The Founders’ Bible, We Won’t Be Silent

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