1 Corinthians 4:10-14 (New Living Translation)

 10 Our dedication to Christ makes us look like fools, but you claim to be so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are so powerful! You are honored, but we are ridiculed. 11 Even now we go hungry and thirsty, and we don’t have enough clothes to keep warm. We are often beaten and have no home. 12 We work wearily with our own hands to earn our living. We bless those who curse us. We are patient with those who abuse us. 13 We appeal gently when evil things are said about us. Yet we are treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash—right up to the present moment.

 14 I am not writing these things to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children.

1 Samuel 15:11  (NLT)

11 "I am sorry that I ever made Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has refused to obey my command." Samuel was so deeply moved when he heard this that he cried out to the Lord all night.

I have shared this story a number of times, but feel as if the Lord would particularly have me to share it today. You see, it seems to me that "the church," is just oblivious to the "spiritual state" of our society and it behooves me to stand by and to say nothing. 

This is not right for the church to remain so silent. The other day I witnessed an online gathering of twenty or so Charismatic leaders and I believe that it was one of the first times that I have seen such a gathering where there wasn't an emphasis on financial profitability for their Independent ministry.  

In fact, I was doubly surprised because what they were actually doing was promoting an idea of ministry that was to benefit the individual believer's in the church. You know, don't make me go into too much detail, but I am talking about the ones who make up the "laity" in the church.

Now there is a novel idea!

Seriously, I believe that this "Pandemic" has had far reaching consequences to the "church," and in many respects has done the church enormous good. 

So maybe, there are some "leaders" who have repented.

Yes, I think that by removing those many financial opportunities for them all to get involved in...well, It has refocused their thinking to actually get the laity involved in the church?

Well, I mean, other than giving, of course.   

Nevertheless, it is our society, as well, that needs to be ministered to. 

And that is where the church has tremendously failed. 

So now, let me tell my story one more time. 

I was a street kid in Detroit and was introduced to drugs at a young age. Soon, I was selling them and I did this for a few years. It was really an easy thing to do, since it was during the time when drugs were first becoming popular with the youth. 

Well, I had a habit of carrying around a wad of cash a couple of inches thick. This was just my habit as I had been doing it for a year or two after I began selling drugs. 

I don't know if everybody knows this, but money gives you a feeling, as if you are "invulnerable," and this feeling extends to a false set of accomplishment, as well. 

You see, when you have large amounts of money, you begin to have a false set of accomplishment, and you begin to think that you are above your fellows. 

As if you are invulnerable to other standards even, as it makes you become "Independent" of all others. 

Money is good when it is earned through hard work. So long as you don't make it your God. Unfortunately, too many men allow it to define their personalities. They become black on the inside, yet it is easily reflected on the outside. 

Now, I am not talking about everybody here, as some are very deserving of their financial good fortune because of their accomplishments. You see, they have real accomplishments where they have helped their fellow man. 
Now again, I am talking about those who are enriched not because of their dedication and devotion to help others, but rather who have failed in their temptation in the wilderness. 

They have taken life's "short cuts" in order to wrongfully prosper or through a greedy heart have used their fellow man and the Gospel to enrich themselves?

I was one of those. 

You see, I had a very low self esteem growing up, so I always felt "beneath," the authority figures that I grew up around. Whether they were neighbors, teachers, business owners or whom ever, I always felt as if I didn't measure up. 

Well, after I began to sell drugs and carry around a pocket full of cash, my attitude sort of changed. I was given a false hope of security, independence and well being. 

So, there I was one day and I go into the corner Gas Station that was run by an older guy who lived in our neighborhood. As usual, I pull out my wad of cash and I think I asked him if I could get a twenty dollar changed to buy a coke? 

I often would go in there, and I think that I even derived a satisfaction by showing this man how prosperous I had become as I pulled out my wad of money. I believe that I was with a couple of friends and of course, I was feeling really "big." You know, as I described the false attributes that Satan fills you with when he has enriched your pocket book. 

Anyway, as I peeled off a twenty to ask for change, the man did something that he had never done before. 

I forget exactly how he worded it, but he looked me in the eye, and he said, "How come you have all that money, where did you get it from?"
Well, when the man spoke those words, they were like a sword piercing my heart, and I was just dumbfounded. I am not even sure that I answered the man. I can't even describe it fully, but it was as if my whole body was washed over in the most disgusting shame that I had ever felt in my life. 

Thinking back on my teen age years, I believe that was the beginning of my fall from "greatness."

It was when someone had the boldness and the personal concern to confront me of my sin that would later lead me to a righteous Savior. It was when someone forced me to examine myself that I recognized that despite the "good fortune," it did nothing for my "character." 
The other day, as I listened to this entire gathering of important church leaders, it was pointed out a few times that we are neither Republican or Democrat. 

I believe that they did say once or twice that we would like a "Righteous Leader," to win over the presidency this November. 

Recently, I have been writing about another ministry in Florida which has held daily meetings for the past ninety days or so and I am a little disappointed. Every day, they give an hour long sermon on giving. Yes, they bring people from all over the world to come and to teach an hour long sermon on giving to their ministry. 

Well, the reason why it disappoints me is because I see this going on and it is like an analogy to me of what the church has been doing for the last thirty years. 

I mean, here we are in a Pandemic, rioters are burning the cities all over the nation, Earthquakes are everywhere, over three million acres of forest has burned and is destroying California, hurricanes, and floods are causing billions in damage to the nation, and on top of everything our churches are being shut down due to the political motivations of the leftist politicians. 

To make matters worse, we have a political party which has completely shut down in order to make the incumbent president look terrible. 
Furthermore, these same politicians make up false stories, print innuendo constantly, tear down the sitting leader and are even guilty of aiding in coups against our sitting president. 

Nevertheless, it is of the utmost urgency, no doubt that this ministry in Florida spend well over one hundred hours in teaching the world to give to it's ministry. 

Do you see why I say it is like an analogy?

I challenge you to go to this ministry and to listen to the first thirty or forty sermons on giving to their ministry. 

Sometimes you get the feeling that their pleas are as a little dog trying to climb up your pants leg.
It is because this is what the church has been doing for the last three to four decades. 

As people have walked away from the church and as society has lost any type of "MORAL" Compass, the church has been steadily preaching the tithing message. 

Okay, I am not against the tithing message, in fact, I have changed my beliefs, I am all for tithing. Let's all tithe, but do we have to make it ninety seven per cent of the message of the church? 

A few weeks ago, I learned that one of these huge televangelists eventually came out and said that he was now against "the Prosperity Message." I didn't even know that, I just knew that he had dropped out of sight for some reason.

Well, I guess when you stop promising hundred and thousand fold returns on your giving, you are likely to lose a few followers. Nevertheless, the same man easily had collected a billion dollars from his followers over the years. 

My question: Did it benefit the church?

Did it benefit society? 

Did it benefit your children? 

And although, many of the recipients of the churches tithes were able to send their children to the finest schools, in the long run it didn't benefit the children because today many of them are out in the streets rioting and protesting a hypocritical society and church.

And so, as I have been watching and observing all that is presently going on in our country, I am shocked. 

Nevertheless, what is so much more shocking to me is the churches silence. 

I mean, when you look to see how much the Democrats are taking stand with the leftists and the socialists, it doesn't take a PHD, to understand that politically we are going to completely lose the country as we have known it. 

I used to wonder how the Christians in Germany could allow Hitter's rise to power, but now I am able to watch it. The church remains silent because to voice any opposition would affect their coffers. 

How sick, and how sad!

You see, why it is not acceptable for the churches to remain silent is because the people or the laity are not getting the real news that ought to be influencing their understanding and their votes of the political process in American politics. 

Last week, some anonymous sources claimed that our president denigrated and refused to visit some World War One Veterans. The thing made the headlines all over the country and it seriously affected the polls. 

Nevertheless, the church was completely silent. 

Well, do you understand that the laity or the typical family gets their news from the media which is completely biased against our president? 
In other words, someone has to inform them.

Someone has to teach these naive church go-ers that the news is unfavorable, biased and many times fabricated toward Mr Trump, they are not going to learn this on CNN or ABC news. 

This is also why the church needs to change it's choice topics in preaching.  

In other words, the church needs to be teaching the basic morals of the Bible because society isn't going to learn these from CNN or ABC. 
There has to be someone on TV or in a Pulpit who is going to look this next generation in the eye and to ask them, "Why did you burn down that government building?"

"Why did you gather and falsify those eight hundred votes that you turned in?"

"Why do you maliciously slander or lie concerning a fellow man?" 

Maybe, just maybe the church was out pursuing the wrong priorities as it watched multitudes flee from it's four walls? 

This paper came about from a week or so ago when I was reminded of a Catholic Theology called the "Seven Deadly Sins."

You see, I got to thinking that they are hardly ever mentioned or brought up. The same is true with the Ten Commandments, so I pulled up a few scriptures. One of the scriptures that I pulled up was where God had regrets that he ever made man. 

Genesis 6:6-7 (NLT)
6 So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart. 7 And the Lord said, "I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing-all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them." 

Well, I seemed to recall where there was another place where the Lord stated something similar, so I pulled up some other scriptures. 
There was one that I had never paid much attention to, but I am sure that some of these guys who love to use those Old Testament "giving" scriptures will love. 

1 Samuel 15:11 New Living Translation (NLT)
11 "I am sorry that I ever made Saul king, for he has not been loyal to me and has refused to obey my command." Samuel was so deeply moved when he heard this that he cried out to the Lord all night.

1 Samuel 15:35 (NLT)
35 Samuel never went to meet with Saul again, but he mourned constantly for him. And the Lord was sorry he had ever made Saul king of Israel.

You know, after they have abandoned the preaching of any type of righteousness and instead favor those scriptures that will only profit their ministries...well, I wonder if God ever has any regret like he did with Saul?

Hebrews 3:10 (NLT)
10 So I was angry with them, and I said,
'Their hearts always turn away from me.
    They refuse to do what I tell them.'

Luke 19:41-42 (NLT)
41 But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. 42 "How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. 

 Isaiah 6:5-12 (NLT)
5 Then I said, "It's all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven's Armies."
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7 He touched my lips with it and said, "See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven."
8 Then I heard the Lord asking, "Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?"
I said, "Here I am. Send me."
9 And he said, "Yes, go, and say to this people,
'Listen carefully, but do not understand.
    Watch closely, but learn nothing.'
10 Harden the hearts of these people.
    Plug their ears and shut their eyes.
That way, they will not see with their eyes,
    nor hear with their ears,
nor understand with their hearts
    and turn to me for healing."
11 Then I said, "Lord, how long will this go on?"
And he replied,
"Until their towns are empty,
    their houses are deserted,
    and the whole country is a wasteland;

12 until the Lord has sent everyone away,
    and the entire land of Israel lies deserted.

Numbers 23:19 (NLT)

19 God is not a man, so he does not lie.
    He is not human, so he does not change his mind.
Has he ever spoken and failed to act?
    Has he ever promised and not carried it through?

Isaiah 48:18-19 (NLT)

18 Oh, that you had listened to my commands!
    Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river
    and righteousness rolling over you like waves in the sea.
19 Your descendants would have been like the sands along the seashore-
    too many to count!

There would have been no need for your destruction,
    or for cutting off your family name."

Hebrews 3:17 (NLT)
17 And who made God angry for forty years? Wasn't it the people who sinned, whose corpses lay in the wilderness? 

Psalm 95:10 (NLT)
10 For forty years I was angry with them, and I said,
'They are a people whose hearts turn away from me.
    They refuse to do what I tell them.'

 1 Chronicles 21:15 (NLT)
15 And God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem. But just as the angel was preparing to destroy it, the Lord relented and said to the death angel, "Stop! That is enough!" At that moment the angel of the Lord was standing by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.

Romans 11:29 (NLT)
29 For God's gifts and his call can never be withdrawn. 

So, as I began to look at scriptures where God regretted certain acts or decrees and I came across those above. You see, it looks as though God will decree a thing, such as the destruction of a nation and unless the people will repent then there is nothing that God can do, otherwise he will be going against His own word. 

Well, you don't have to be a brain surgeon to read the Bible and to understand that there are nations that have been judged for total destruction, yet their sins are far less severe than ours are at present. 

In other words, I believe that there is a "decree of destruction" hanging over the head of America and unless the church wakes up from it's slumber then it is not going to be repealed by a just and merciful God. 

There are conditions for God to change a "just" decree, such as the destruction of America for our sins and if the church wants to remain silent then so be it. 

Nevertheless, don't say that God has not given you warning!

Jeremiah 18:7-10 (NLT)
7 If I announce that a certain nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down, and destroyed, 8 but then that nation renounces its evil ways, I will not destroy it as I had planned. 9 And if I announce that I will plant and build up a certain nation or kingdom, 10 but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I will not bless it as I said I would.

Jonah 3:10 (NLT)
10 When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened.

Joel 2:13 (NLT)
13 Don't tear your clothing in your grief,
    but tear your hearts instead."
Return to the Lord your God,
    for he is merciful and compassionate,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
    He is eager to relent and not punish.

Ezekiel 33:11 (NLT)
11 As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn from your wickedness, O people of Israel! Why should you die?

Psalm 106:43-46 (NLT)

43 Again and again he rescued them,
    but they chose to rebel against him,
    and they were finally destroyed by their sin.
44 Even so, he pitied them in their distress
    and listened to their cries.
45 He remembered his covenant with them
    and relented because of his unfailing love.
46 He even caused their captors
    to treat them with kindness.

  Exodus 32:12-16 (NLT)
12 Why let the Egyptians say, 'Their God rescued them with the evil intention of slaughtering them in the mountains and wiping them from the face of the earth'? Turn away from your fierce anger. Change your mind about this terrible disaster you have threatened against your people! 13 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You bound yourself with an oath to them, saying, 'I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven. And I will give them all of this land that I have promised to your descendants, and they will possess it forever.'"
14 So the Lord changed his mind about the terrible disaster he had threatened to bring on his people.
15 Then Moses turned and went down the mountain. He held in his hands the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant. They were inscribed on both sides, front and back. 16 These tablets were God's work; the words on them were written by God himself.
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