Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Lies We Are Being Told 






Here are the lies we are being told by this politically correct and anti-Christian culture. It is shocking  to realize how many Christians have bought into this anti-Christian propaganda. The Christian worldview today is under siege as never before.  There are few defenders on the walls of the kingdom opposing the advance of humanism, secularism, and the host of false religions that are marching their armies against us.

The Bible tells us that Satan is the father of lies. Here are the lies that the world is using to reshape the culture and to replace the Christian faith. What is desperately needed today is for a prophetic voice to be heard once again in the land. O that the Lord would send forth a mighty leader of the caliber of John The Baptist or Elijah to call the people of God to repentance and faithfulness in the battle for our survival.

The Clever Lies Of Multi-Culturalism

  1. The wealthy must pay their fare share of taxes.
  2. Socialism is good.
  3. Capitalism is evil.
  4. White Christian males have terrorized the third world.
  5. Having a big family causes overpopulation and creates a food shortage in the world.
  6. Islam is a religion of peace.
  7. Christianity is just as guilty of terrorism as Islam.
  8. The crusades were an unjust attack of Christendom against innocent Islamic countries.
  9. There was no Armenian and Greek genocide committed by Muslims.
  10. Migration is a right.
  11. Having open borders is a good idea.
  12. Nationalism is a bad thing.
  13. Global warming is a major threat to the world.
  14. Over population is a threat to the world.
  15. Criticism of Islam is islamaphobic and racist.
  16. The government is responsible to take care of us.
  17. Deportation is a crime.
  18. Christianity is the problem with the world.
  19. All religions are the same and have equal value.
  20. Sharia law can co-exist with European, American or Western law.
  21. Multi-culturalism is good for society.
  22. The Christian worldview of Europe and America is the perpetuating of white racism and fascism.
  23. The Christian faith has nothing to say about law, culture, and society.
  24. European colonialism is the cause of the unrest in the third world.
  25. Europe must welcome massive migration and not resist Muslims to remove its guilt for the crimes of past wars, colonialism and Christian arrogance. 
  26. All cultures have value and who are we to judge another culture?
  27. We must not offend our Muslim neighbors with our cultural traditions, Christian symbols, or religious holidays.
  28. The United States is not a Christian nation.
  29. Revival is the only way to change nations or bring in lasting change.
  30. Christian love demands that we welcome anyone who wishes to come to our country regardless of their motives and intentions.
  31. Jesus is coming soon.
  32. There is no Jesus.
  33. The Bible has errors.
  34. Those who resist the dismantling of Western Civilization are racists and bigots.
  35. Our forefathers were racists and bigots.
  36. The gospel is not the only way to heaven.
  37. Islam had nothing to do with slavery or the slave trade.
  38. Islam can coexist with all other cultures and religions peacefully.
  39. Abortion is not murder.
  40. The fetus in the womb is not a life but just a blob.
  41. American exceptionalism is arrogant and racist.
  42. All reputable scientists are evolutionists.
  43. All truth is relative.
  44. There is no truth.
  45. All words must be deconstructed.
  46. Islam poses no threat to society.
  47. Radical Muslims have hijacked a peaceful religion.
  48. Freedom of speech must not include criticizing Islam or the prophet Mohammad.
  49. Europeans who came to the new world were guilty of genocide against native Americans.
  50. Christopher Columbus was a genocidal maniac.
  51. There is no universal standard for objective truth.
  52. Same-sex marriage is not a perversion.
  53. Those who oppose same-sex marriage are religious bigots.
  54. Free speech only applies to the political left.
  55. Native americans were living in a peaceful paradise when the Europeans arrived.
  56. Multi-culturalism= all cultures are equally valid and have much to add to society--except Christianity.
  57. The founding fathers were all slave holding racists and bigots.
  58. You are an uneducated moron if you do not believe in evolution.
  59. Privileged white males are whats wrong with America.
  60. The country would be safer if we removed all guns from society.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

What Does The Bible Say 
About The Church

The Bible teaches us that those who have been born again make up the body of Christ which is His church. The church is the main instrument that God is using to accomplish His eternal purposes in the world. The apostle in the book of Hebrews tells us that we are not to be negligent in attending the worship service of the local church. Hebrews 10:25 records, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.” Its impossible for a follower of Christ  to be a faithful disciple if he is not involved in a Bible-believing and Christ-exalting church. It is in the church that we are nourished in our faith and strengthened in our resolve to walk with God. 

As believers, we are The Bride of Christ. We are the Army of God. We are the light and salt to a dying world. So apart from the ministry of the local church, the bride is not prepared to meet her husband; the army is not trained for warfare; the light is not kept lit, and the salt loses its saltiness. If we are to be mighty for God in this world, we need His church. 

How do we define the church? The word church means a called out body or company. The church is the gathering of the elect of God from all the nations of the earth. By the preaching of the Gospel, the individual members of the church are called out from the world and brought into the fellowship of the body of Christ. Those chosen and called by Gods sovereign grace make up the New Testament Church. Acts 13:48, “Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord, And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.” 

The church has been described by a number of different terms. It has been called The Church Militant to refer to the church on earth active in the fight against the world, the flesh, and the devil. It has been called The Church Triumphant to describe the church in heaven having taken its place around the throne of the Lamb of God to worship Him in glory. The church has also been described as The Visible Church, which is the local church and The Invisible Church which describes the church universal that operates throughout the world. When these verses are used, the local church is being referenced: Acts 5:11, 4:26, and Romans 16:4, When these verses are used the universal church is being referenced: Ephesians. 1:22, 3:10, 21, 5:23, Colossians. 1:18.  

The church is the bride of Christ. The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:22-33 exhorts husbands and wives on their duties to one another. 

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31 "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respect her husband.” 

This passage uses the analogy of marriage to explain our relationship with Christ. We are married to Christ, and He is our husband.  What a special privilege it is to be the Bride of Christ. A bride loves her husband, obeys her husband, honors her husband serves with her husband, cherishes her husband, is loyal to her husband and is faithful to her husband. We, as the church of God, have the duty to be all of these things to the God who has called us and washed us in the blood of His Son.

The church is the dwelling place of God. James, in his letter in chapter four verse five says, “Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, ‘The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?’” 

The church is the temple of God. Paul the apostle wrote to the church at Corinth, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” I Corinthians. 3:16-17.  The life of a believer is the place where the shekinah glory dwells and is manifest. Not only do we have a responsibility to protect the purity of our individual lives, we also have a responsibility to protect the life of the church in which we are joined in membership. 

There are three things that make up a biblical church, preaching, the Lord’s supper, and church discipline. No church is true to its biblical calling if these three things: biblical preaching, the Lord’s Supper, and church discipline, are not faithfully observed. Are there other marks or signs of a true church? What things should we expect when we worship with those who claim to be the people of God? Here are eleven important Characteristics of the true Church of Jesus Christ. This is a list I wrote out as I was asking myself what would I want and expect to find in a church if I were looking for a place where my family and I could worship God.

  1. A biblical church should be known for its love for the Word of God. Acts 17:11 says, “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessolonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” 
  2. A biblical church should be known by its love for the doctrines of grace. 
  3. A biblical church should be known by the presence of agape love. 
  4. A biblical church should be known for holy living by its members.
  5. A biblical church should be known by its obedience to The Great Commission. Matthew 28:18-20, “And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” 
  6. A biblical church should be known by its understanding of the doctrine of justification by faith alone. Martin Luther believed that justification by faith was the article of a standing or falling church. Justification is the Gospel. A church that has gone astray from the doctrine of justification will go astray in many other areas as well.
  7. A biblical church should be known by its prayer life. 
  8. A biblical church should be known by its separation from the world. I John 2:15-17, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
  9. A biblical church should be known by its passion to exalt Christ. To exalt Christ means to praise Him. It means to lift Him up in all that we say and do. 
  10. A biblical church should be known by how it worships God. The Bible is our guide on how to worship. We are to pattern our worship after the instructions and examples that we find in the Word of God.
  11. A biblical church should be known by the fact it has a faithful pastor. We cannot forget how important this is. A church can have many wonderful things but if it does not have a faithful and godly minister it is not a biblical church.

Questions:

  1. What kind of people make up the New Testament Church?
  2. How important is the church of Jesus Christ?
  3. How do we define the church?
  4. What three things are necessary for a church to be a biblical church?
  5. What kind of things should a church be known for?


Monday, May 16, 2016

Let’s Meet Our Muslim Neighbors

Muslim groups across the United States sponsor events where the public is invited to come to a mosque to meet their Muslim neighbors. How delightful! A dinner or refreshments are provided and a lovely tour of the mosque is included. Information is passed out about the religion of Islam and assurances are given that these are just your gentle, loving, and peaceful neighbors. You are assured that there is no reason to fear the faith of Mohammad. Those who would tell you otherwise are just fear mongers and Islamaphobes. With smiling platitudes the public is told that they have nothing to fear from the Mosque in their neighborhood.

Well, lets look at the facts as they really are. Just ask a few questions  of the Imam who is giving you the tour and the lecture on the “Religion of Peace.”  Ask him: 

“Do you believe that the Jewish and Christian Bible is an accurate word from God today that can be trusted and obeyed” Answer—No. 

“Do you believe that non-Muslims will go to paradise?” Answer—No. 

“Do you believe that all non-Muslims will go to hell?” Answer—Yes.

“Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?” Answer—NO.

“Do you believe in the holy trinity?” Answer—No.

“Do you believe that a Muslim can convert to Christianity without threat of death by apostasy laws of Islam?” Answer—No.

“Do you believe that in all Islamic countries that there should be freedom of religion to build Christian churches, evangelize, and to spread the Christian faith without any penalties or threats?” Answer—No.

“Do you believe that Christians should have the right to criticize the prophet Mohammad and have open discussions on whether or not they believe the Quran is a valid and trustworthy book from God?” Answer—No.

“Do you believe that it is the goal of Islam to bring all the world under the influence of Sharia law?” Answer—Yes.

“Do you believe that Sharia law should be allowed to replace the laws of the United States?” Answer—Yes.

“Do you believe that Israel has a right to exist?” Answer—No.

“Do you believe it is lawful for a man to have as many as four wives?” Answer—Yes.

“Do you believe that a man can beat his wife with the sanction of the Quran?” Answer—Yes. 

How Muslims answer these kinds of questions should be a revelation to us as to the nature of this religion. Unfortunately most Americans and people in the West do not know what questions to ask. Most people in the West have an appalling ignorance of all religions let alone Islam. Those who drop in to the local mosque to meet their Muslim neighbors are easily persuaded that this is nothing more than peaceful and benign religion.

Now just think for a minute with me about these invitations to a mosque. Why would a Muslim cleric have to have such a meeting in the first place? Do you ever hear of Christian pastors inviting Muslims into the church to assure them that there is nothing to fear from their Christian neighbors? Let’s consider some facts of history.

  1. Islam was birthed in a violent struggle and warfare.
  2. Everywhere Islam has gone bloodshed and war have followed.
  3. The advance of Islam in the world was largely based on jihad and subjugation.
  4. The Quran, the Islamic holy book, is filled with violent statements calling for the persecution, killing and subjugation of all non-Muslims.
  5. In every Muslim nation in the world, Christians and all non-Muslims are being systematically killed, tortured, persecuted, eliminated and discriminated against.
  6. As the numbers of Islamic immigrants grows in Western countries, the number of terrorist attacks also grows.
  7. Nearly all the terrorist attacks in the world today come from those who claim to be Muslim.

So yes, let’s go to local Muslim mosque and meet these wonderful neighbors. Sure, we have nothing to fear from them—or do we? Islam must not be judged by the smiling faces of a few people in a local mosque who give assurances of how peaceful this religion really is. Islam must be jugged by the broader spectrum of Islam in history and Islam world-wide. When looking at the broader picture, we can see the true nature of this religion from the desert. So forgive me if I am not excited about meeting my Muslim neighbors.

Don’t be fooled. Don’t be misled. Islam is a dangerous religion. While not every Muslim may be a radical terrorist every Muslim has that potential. The seeds of violent radicalism are deeply rooted in the Quran. 

When a person becomes a devout Christian, they begin to practice the golden rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” They begin to love one another. They begin to keep the ten commandments and become good neighbors. They treat their wives with kindness and respect. They live by the Sermon on the Mount—they turn the other cheek, they go the extra mile, they become peacemakers, they die to self and live by humility and service to others in the name of Jesus.

When a nominal Muslim becomes committed to his faith he will become dangerous. If Muslims takes the Quran at face value, they will follow in the steps of Osama Bin Ladin. Every single Islamic terrorist appeals to the Quran as justification for the terrible things that they do.

The next time you get a letter in the mail inviting you to go to a local mosque to meet your Muslim neighbors think twice about it!

How should we respond to our Muslim neighbors? 

This is one of the most relevant questions we can ask ourselves in this age of spiritual declension in the West. There are several things that Christians should do in regards to those who move into their community from Islamic Countries. I will suggest several things that must be done.


  1. We should recognize that Islam is a false religion and that it is a serious threat to the Christian faith. Islam must be viewed by Christians as we would view all cults and false religions. No compromises can be made with any religion that does not receive Jesus as Lord, believes the Bible to be the Word of God and that the only way to heaven is by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  2. Because Islam is a false religion we must be well versed in the errors of this religion and be prepared to explain where it is contrary to the Word of God. Every Christian must be able to defend the Christian faith. This means we need to study to be able to give an answer to those who move into our communities with unbiblical beliefs. 
  3. The Christian community should respond to their Muslim neighbors with  Christian kindness and true Christian love that sees all men made in the image of God.
  4. The Christian community should reach out to their Muslim neighbors with acts of charity and good works. All people have needs, including Muslims. We must be alert to those hurts, needs, and concerns that we can address as Christians thereby making a difference by the love of Christ that dwells within us.
  5. Every Christian should enter into dialogue very carefully with their Muslim neighbors making sure that they do not give the impression that they concur that Islam is a legitimate and worthy religion. All religions cannot be true. Muslims must be made aware of the biblical reasons why Christians reject their religion as a false cult invented by man.
  6. Christians must never give the impression that they will surrender any of their rights, beliefs, and cultural practices for the sake of pacifying their Muslim neighbors. This means that we should not hesitate to celebrate our Christian holidays, sing our Christmas songs, display our Christian symbols, or remove anything that might be offensive to Muslims. Muslims have chosen to come to our country. We must not surrender our culture in fear of offending Muslims. Name one Muslim country that surrenders any of their cultural beliefs in fear of offending Christians? There is not one country that could be named.
  7. Christians should pray that the Lord will draw many Muslims to the faith and that there would be a great turning of Muslim nations to Christ.

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Influence Of Christianity 
On Woman



Many non-Christian feminists and humanists make the claim that Christianity and the Bible are oppressive and degrading to women. But is this really the case? Has Christianity had an adverse effect on women? Did Jesus and His apostles disrespect women and teach others to do the same?  The facts of history demonstrate that the status of women in the western world has been dramatically improved because of the influence of the Christian faith. All one needs to do is to examine the plight of women in the Eastern world and in the Islamic world. Women in these cultures are still denied many basic rights rights that are available to men. When women appear in public they must be veiled. Saudi Arabia, the birth place of Islam for instance, bars women from driving automobiles. In countries where Islam is the major worldview, men can beat their wives. All of the horrendous things that men can do to women in Islam have the full sanction of the Quran. 

The treatment of women in Western countries is completely different. The reason for this difference is the influence of Jesus of Nazareth. The Apostle Paul taught that men should “Love their wives as Christ loved the church.” The love of Christ for His church was a sacrificial love, unconditional love, eternal love, an electing love, and a love characterized by tenderness and kindness. The New Testament gave honor, respect and consideration to women that was never heard of in any other culture of the world.

In ancient Greece, a woman was not allowed to leave the house unless she was accompanied by a male escort. A wife was not allowed to eat, fellowship, or mingle with the male guests in her husband’s home. All women were segregated in their private living area. Men kept their wives like slaves under lock and key. The status of women in ancient Greece was no different from that of slaves. Girls were not allowed to be educated and were not allowed to speak in public. To do so brought shame on the husband. Women were treated as inferior creatures to men and basically had no rights and privileges equal to men. 

The plight of Roman women was not any better. Everything that was true of women in Greece was equally true in Roman society. Women had very few rights as compared to men. They were viewed as being inferior and had no better status than common slaves. The role of women was to work, slave, provide sex and remain in silence in the homes. Women could not speak in public, and when they did travel publicly they were veiled and attended by male guards. The role of women in ancient Greece and Rome must have been very oppressive and appalling.

Jewish women, based on the oral traditions of the synagogue, fared no better. Jewish women were also barred from public speaking. The oral law prohibited women from reading the Torah out loud. Synagogue worship was segregated, with women never allowed to be heard.

In the midst of this Eastern world came a man from Galilee named Jesus Christ. Jesus’ treatment of women was diametrically opposite of that of the ancient world. It is a fact of history that the awful plight of women in the East was dramatically improved when Jesus appeared in the land of Palestine. The teachings of Jesus impacted the status of women in ways that was unheard of before. 

That women have the right to vote, attend college, drive  a car, work  outside the home, run for office, lead in the largest companies and corporations in the world and even to serve in the military is a testimony to the powerful impact and influence of the Christian faith on Western civilization.  In Western nations women are treated with respect, honor, and love. The courtesy and kindness that is shown to women is not matched in any other country, culture, or people group in the entire world.

It is a tragedy of unimaginable proportions that so many women believe that it is Christianity that has been a curse on women. The fact that many women today believe this lie demonstrates how powerful the propaganda against the Christian faith has been. I have traveled the world over many times and can testify to all that I am saying. History does not lie. The facts are clear, but the prejudice is great against the faith of those who love and follow Jesus Christ. 

Untold millions of unfortunate women live in Eastern countries where the influence of Hinduism and Islam suppress women and hold them down in a cultural sewer. What feminists in the West do not realize is that by working so hard to destroy and discredit the Christian faith, they are actually destroying the very religious system that gave them the rights that they now take for granted. Feminists reject the Biblical teachings on pro-life, moral purity, the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, the law of God and the way of salvation through Jesus Christ. But by rejecting these things, they are undermining the very principles that were used by God to mold Western civilization into the most compassionate, educated, and advanced societies that has ever existed. It remains to be seen what will replace the Christian worldview in the West. But this much we know —that the West is descending into a new dark age that will be more frightening and dangerous than we have ever seen.

I fear that one day many women in the United States and in Western nations will wake up under the oppressive heel of Sharia law and will wonder where did the freedoms and the blessings of Western civilization go? They will have to face the sad reality that they fought against the very faith that gave them the highest standard of living and freedom that the world has ever known. How sad it is to cut off their nose to spite their face.

One author made this insightful comment on the influence of Christianity on women.

“As a result of Jesus Christ and His teachings, women in much of the world today, especially in the West, enjoy more privileges and rights than at any other time in history. It takes only a cursory trip to an Arab nation or to a Third World country to see how little freedom women have in countries where Christianity has had little or no presence. It’s (Christianity) the best thing that ever happened to women.”  Sue Bohlin

Imagine a world without Christianity. Other religions have left a dark stain on the curtain of history. Only the Christian faith has elevated women, purged societies of many evils, erased centuries of prejudice and corruption and continues the march of reform in the nations of the earth.






Thursday, May 5, 2016

Defining Moments

Recently, I read a fascinating book by Dan Schaeffer called Defining Moments. From his introduction Schaeffer says,

 “One morning you wake up, totally unaware that today you will make a decision that will define your life for years to come, maybe forever. If you had known this moment was coming, you would have prepared for it; but you didn’t. That moment is coming, and you won’t be able to escape it. You can hope you will say or do the right thing, or you can prepare for that moment now.

Over the years in my ministry, I have had many such defining moments. There have been decisions to be made, choices to make, and paths to choose. It has not been easy to face these many defining moments when they have arrived. With each one of them there was a price to be paid, a cost to count, and a possible consequence that might be faced. For me, to live with a clear conscience was of far more value than to choose the path of least resistance. One of my favorite poems is The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

During my years as a pastor, I have seen many people who  have sat under my ministry make decisions that have not only defined them from that moment on but also revealed the true nature of their soul. This is one of the heart-breaking aspects that comes with the privilege of serving the Lord. Some of those that you minister to will make wise decisions, show discernment, and will pass through those defining moments with grace and wisdom. Others will break your heart as you see them flounder like a ship on the rocks in a storm.

Do we sell our soul to the highest bidder? Friendships are often forged on the anvil of convenience rather than conviction. For some, loyalty is only given where there is no cost and where the comforts of compromise seduce the soul. This is not an age of conviction, character and loyalty. Rather, this is an age of compromise, cowardice, and convenience. The Apostle James reminds us with words that pierce us to the very depths of our souls, “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” James 4:17.

There will be crossroads that we must face in life. It’s possible that some decisions will be made, choices cast, bridges burned, doors closed, character revealed, direction set, and their destiny sealed. Think long and hard when you come to those crossroads in life. When you are facing a defining moment, will you make a wise decision? Will you show discernment? Will you respond in a way that will demonstrate that you are truly a servant of the Most High God and acquainted with His ways?

Christians must not sell their soul for the cheap prizes of the flesh.  We should remind ourselves of the cost of discipleship, the principles of obedience, and the awesome authority of God’s Word. (Many have forgotten that one of the commands of the Word is, “Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive for they watch out for your souls…” Hebrews 13:17.) How many times have I seen those who profess faith in Christ ignore or defy the wisdom and authority of the pastor and of the church. Those individuals came to the crossroads of life and failed to make wise decisions. I have never once met a person who has made unbiblical decisions who has not tried to rationalize, justify, and defend those poor decisions. But cleverness and sophistry are no substitute for simple obedience to God. Those who fail their defining moment test will also seek to justify their behavior by finding someone to give approval for their actions. We must not forget that the approval of man means nothing if we do not have the approval of God. Like the Apostle Paul a wise and discerning Christian will say, "I seek to please God rather than to please men."

Character cannot be summoned at the moment of crisis if it has been squandered by years of compromise and rationalization. The only testing ground of the heroic is the mundane…habit is the daily battleground of character.

Job was a unique man. In the defining moment of his most crushing trials he could say, “Though He slay me yet will I trust Him.” and, “He knows the way that I take when He has tried me I shall come forth as gold.”  King Ahab could not lead his wife Jezabel. Annanias and Saphira, a married couple in the early church, sinned together and died together. Job stands out as a righteous man whose faith withstood the seductive sarcasm of his ungodly wife who chided him, “Curse God and die.” Job was not bound by the chains of a strong-willed woman. There are few Jobs in the world today. 

Cross roads will come. Defining moments will arrive. May we be faithful, wise and discerning to make the right choices when those days come.

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, 
and I—I took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference.”