Saturday, September 10, 2016

BUILD THE WALL (both of them)

People make fun of the proposed wall at the southern border of your country. You know, the one like the one on the border between Mexico and Guatemala that already exists.

The church is like the country – letting everybody in.
People who do not share a deep love for Christ.
People without a loyalty to the things Christ stands for.

God put a wall around his kingdom.
It is impenetrable and the only entrance is through a very narrow door which is Christ.
There is no door designed for political activists.
Or liberation folks.
Or the do-good types like Mother Teresa.
Or those with a false religious spirit.
Or those who have a litany of human-conceived rules that seem great.
Or nice affirming people.
One door with one means of admission – the blood of Christ applied to erase  the applicant’s sins.

People try to climb in to the kingdom, but they are unsuccessful.
They have to come through the door or they are excluded forever.

However, they do climb int church organizations rather easily who do not have the same wall God has. These organizations reduce the requirements to enter and join.
They do not require faith even though without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God.
They do not require holiness, with though without holiness, NO MAN can see God.
They do not require belief, even though we must believe his word and in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Embrace the narrow way so that the church will be without spot or wrinke or any such thing.
Christ can and will wash the vilest clean,
But the vilest must be willing to b made clean..
They come with no preconditions except they are coming in repentance and humility to accept the sacrifice of Christ on the cross for them and to live in subjection to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords which is their most reasonable service.
They do not want to a better person but a person conformed to the likeness of Christ himself and be a vessel where the fullness of Christ dwells.

You church must mirror the kingdom – open the door to all who wish to come the way of the Father through Christ.  No one else is part of my glorious Body.  Whosoever will may come, but they must come as I the Lord have directed.

There is application of this word for our country as well.
Any country will anything worth preserving has a border.
Otherwise it will be overrun every time.
People have wanted it overrun because they are evil and know the evil who  run in will vote for them because they are birds of a feather.
The collapse of Greece showed what happens when people become Balkanized.
They look out for their own special interests at the expense of the whole.
They want to be entitled rather than earn what they need.
They have no loyalty or belief in the nation.
They are aggrieved and they want to change the nation into their own image.

Just as the church by-and-large has been gutted on his power, of its prophetic voice, and its mission on this earth, so has the country,  Rather than being a beacon for freedom and possibilities it has become the home for every perversion and demonic spirit.   Rather than defend the innocent around the world, it stands by while Christians are executed in ever more dreadful ways.  Sure, much can be traced to demonic spirits working overtime in the White House, the Senate, the Congress, the Supreme Court, and in state and local governments.  However, the bus of the blame belongs to weak-kneed citizens who name blasphemous shows such as :The Big Bang Theory", "Family Guy", and worse part of their daily routine -and CHRISTIANS watch this TRASH!    They give the most valuable gift of sex to all comers who will not even promise a second date let alone a lifetime commitment,  They kill the babies God puts in their wombs - one, two, three, or more innocent lives sacrificed for their "convenience" putting the faux "rights" of the guilty above the real rights of the innocent.  They ignore science at every opportunity - fetal science, creation science, even God's truths about the climate and then act as though they are the sharpest knives in the drawer when thirty other countries without our heritage gave passed us and lapped us in so many venues, I was in a Dollar store and the clerk needed a calculator to figure 6% tax on ONE DOLLAR!  God help us. God gave us Barack Obama as a judgment for our sin - we found a man as wicked as the country, and you have not seen nor heard the last of his wickedness for he is evil to the very core of his being.  Someone even MORE evil, as hard as that is to believe is waiting in the wings - a political whore if there ever was one of epic proportions who plays the nation for fools.   Will we willing accept Phase 2 of the Judgment or will we repent, build the wall to have a real border, and begin the long process of rebuilding moral, intellectual, and emotional walls so our nation can flourish again?   Remember, all of God's judgments are conditional.   It does not have to end the way it certainly will if Hillary gets elected.  Will the church awake from its slumber?  Will people dulled from disappointments rise up and say no more.   We will soon see.

Sunday, August 28, 2016


I wrote this to a condescending man from Africa commenting how when he was in Louisiana, an "ignorant" Cab Driver (an African who had an English accent) told him why he was for Trump. The man could not refute ANY of his arguments, but like the rest of the pathetic left, just called him names. Is that not enough reason not to vote for the woman who is just like them? Demeaning. Ignorant. Nasty. Hateful.
Well, my friend, your African papers said he was born there and I believe they are more honest than the American ones. In fact, I read an editorial in a Tanzanian paper asking why they could not have a president born in another African country since America elected Obama who was from Africa. Face it, he has STILL not produced a non-fraudulent B.C. - the last one was a joke to techies like myself who know and do Photoshop. On to the other things, Obama has been divisive, always siding with the guilty, and NOT ONCE expressing any love for his adopted country. 
He stated racist things in his own book and since and had violent BLM people in the White House. He has severe racial issues - racism is not exclusive to whites and many now believe more BLACKS are racist than whites percentage wise. Self-segregation is now common on college campuses. He is blatantly anti-Christian and empowers imperialistic Islam and has let in many terrorists without any vetting or thought for our nation’s security. 
Healthcare is imploding, with Aetna pulling out, which is by his design, as he want the single-payer model Canada uses. He, like Hillary, is a pandemic liar and does it as a matter of course. He does not regard our Constitution and regularly issues unconstitutional orders at his whim because the spineless Congress does not oppose him. People who oppose Obama and Hilary disappear - three gay male "friends" w
ithin one month at his Trinity UCC, dozens who knew the Clintons including FOUR exposing her more recent scandals, Anyone with half a brain would NEVER vote for Hillary Clinton, They are willing to take a chance with Trump, because the platform his is running on is sound, and he will surround himself with competent people, not sycophants like the pathetic Loretta Lynch. 
He will not politicize the Supreme Court as Hillary has sworn to do and we have two Obamaite Justices from our current president who could not argue their way out of traffic court. I have found Hillary supporters to be hopelessly ignorant of History, government, the economy, and foreign affairs. Face it, she screwed up North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Libya, and Syria. NO ONE with her abysmal record should be considered for ANY position let alone PRESIDENT! 
ALL the smart people I know are for Trump as there are only two viable options at the moment, My IQ is probably higher than his, but his for sure dwarfs Hillary’s, and all the dismissive talk from empty suits and a bigoted media cannot explain why anyone would support this most pathetic woman and the immoral, derelict platform of a leftist, racist, and hateful Democrat Party.


(rarely do I post the same on both my blogs but this one clearly is appropriate for both!)
Everywhere you turn, everywhere you work, the cry is for “diversity”. The idea is that differences enrich life.  After all, God made people different shades and with differing personalities. He made nature and space with a sizzling array of designs, shapes, and colors.  Who can argue that?

However, some time ago, there was a huge move to say there is no absolute truth. That there is no right way. That each man should believe and think and do what is right is his own eyes.  That is chaos.  There is right and wrong. There is a right way and a wrong way to treat women. Sharia is the wrong way. Period.   There is a right way and a wrong way to treat Christ.  The right way is that he is the only eternal Son of God who fully displayed the attributed of the Father in human form here on earth where we live.  The wrong way is to dismiss him with the sops that he was a good teacher and a prophet. That really bugs home – If you really believe that, why don’t you do anything he says Why don’t you believe in hell when he talked so much about it? Why are you not quaking in your boots about his prophecies for the future?

Diversity as practiced puts unbelievers as members of the same church as believers – that cannot be – it happens in institutions, of course, but not in the mysterious Body of Christ. It happens in the workplace – you get people who are in it for themselves and not for the good of the company. Having hard works and laggards may be diverse but not helpful.  There needs to be unity of purpose –not simply having different people.   When I was in school, they had five tracks based upon your academic ability.  There was no comparison between the work we got in the top tracks vs. the much easier work in the easier ones.  Those who were not as disciplined in their thinking pushed for academic diversity – not a good idea.  Those at the bottom got no better while those at the top slipped precipitously into mediocrity.

Diversity in marriage is hailed – I have a diverse marriage, if the shade of one’s skin is the only criterion.  However, I married a Spirit-filled Christian woman, which is not diverse from me except I am a man, of course.  I have NOTHING in common with a sinner and to marry one is not only against the Bible, it is stupid!  One of us may be more computer-friendly and the other more poetic, and diversities like that are fine, but if two people view Christ, the Bible, and core Christian doctrines differently, they are in for deep heartache.

Oddly enough, the end result of diversity is not really diversity.  Rather it is total uniformity! If you know God, you know that it is ANYTHING OR ANYBODY BUT JESUS.   Any deity is fine as long as it is not Jesus.  No one blasphemes any so-called God – they ONLY blaspheme Jesus!  You can believe anything you want about homosexuality as long as you are FOR it and treat it as EQUAL or SUPERIOR to God’s design.  It is insanity.  Look at human bodies – homosexuality is a deep perversion of the obvious intent for our lives.   You are FORBIDDEN to say that Jesus is the only way to God, but you can say that Islam is the only way!   You are not to persecute anyone, but CHRISTIANS are not fit to live or have any rights whatsoever!  You can promote ANY religion but the only true one in schools and other public venues! You can promote any person of any ethnicity or color EXCEPT the white male, who is obviously responsible for every single one of the world’s ills!   The blatant racism and bigotry in this movement is extreme.  I believe that is why they love to call everyone a racist – they are deep racists themselves and believe everyone else must be as well! 

The diversity movement has proven itself to be intolerant to its core of anyone who diverges from their cold, atheistic, statist orthodoxy.  I oppose it totally – the brainwashing, the stereotyping, the divisiveness, the hypocrisy, the holier-than-thou attitudes.

What I DO embrace in the unity of all blood-washed saints of all shades, nationalities, economic and educational levels, and both genders operating in Biblical fashion according to the plans of God.  That trumps the pagan diversity agenda, which is merely a temporary tool towards uniformity of thought against our Lord and against his Christ.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Funny how so many in the media are so sympathetic to every cockamamy perceived offense to Muslims, usually having a piggy bank or OTHER people eating Pork, but totally deaf and blind to the daily profanity against Jesus Christ in almost every single movie, many TV shows and most comedy performances. Hateful, deeply offensive, and gratuitous things they accept wholeheartedly and even promote. I have NEVER heard on ANY mainstream media outlet even ONE "blasphemy" against Mohammad, who was a pedophile, warlord, certainly not a deity, and the father of so many of the world's problems through demonically inspired incoherent book the President calls "Holy". No, it is simple bigotry, a disbelief in diversity, and a hatred of Jesus Christ. Our Lord told us to expect this, and the hate they daily direct at him is also directed at us. Just do not make bigger fools of yourselves by tying yourselves up in knots over the slightest things crybaby Muslims day complain about.

Saturday, August 20, 2016


What if the Japanese men in the 4x100 meter relay were given just a quarter second advantage because historically Jamaicans and Americans tend to win this event. I mean, with outcome based thinking, it must be racism that prevented the Japanese from winning. Therefore, they deserve that ¼ second to level the playing field. No such thing..  The Japanese men kept working at it and made handing off the baton a thing of perfection.  WITHOUT any special treatment, they came within .23 second of beating Usain Bolt and the fabled Jamaican four.  They were sure proud of that silver medal. They EARNED it.   With that ¼ second handicap they would actually have BEATEN Jamaica.  How hollow would that victory be? How put out would the Jamaicans have been?

What is Simone Biles were given a point or two because historically most gymnastic winners were not black? Do you think the response to her winning would have been remotely like the celebrations that ensured with her awesome performances that were the result of hard work and being better than anyone else?  Do you think her teammates would have been as warm to her?

How about basketball?  Men of color routinely win these games.  TO be fait, should not teams from white countries start off with 5 or ten points to “level the playing field”.  I mean, with outcome-based thinking, it must be racism against whites  that caused the disparity. What other explanation could there be?

Well, people around the world love the Olympics because it is PURE COMPETITION. May the BEST PERSON win.  No excuses, no handicaps as in casual golf matches to make the round more interesting, and no special treatment.

So why then in OTHER areas of life do people feel compelled to change the rules because all groups do not seem to win proportionally? 

When affirmative action was first sold as a concept, it was not what it is today. It basically said that if two people were essentially equal, give preference to the minority person to increase representation.  It was changed to the degree that MASSIVE handicaps are give out so that a minority student who would qualify for a good school like Bucknell or Lafayette gets into Harvard, despite having lower SAT’s and measurable achievement tha hards of whites rejected by Harvard.  Caloifornia found that PERFORMANCE of those admitted above what objective criteria would predict was subpar and many did not finish.  The conclusion was that the same students would have flourished if properly placed.

I remember when at Rensselaer a young black student named Tony lived next door to my dorm room and was studying engineering.  He was extremely bright as were all the students at Rensselaer. The average math SAT was in the 700’s, and that as log before they “recentered” the scores that added dozens of points for the same aptitude level.  Some people thought he was there because he was black and boy did that make him mad! It should have! He was there because he EARNED it.  I cannot imagine how it would feel to be black and have ALL your achievements, ALL your success written off because people thought you had special treatment.  Same principle as the Olympics.

My sons are biracial and both have achieved remarkable success because of hard work and skill.   One owns an insurance agency and is the second highest commercial producer in the four state territory of Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Connecticut.  The other is climbing the ladder at Johnson and Johnson with a recent promotion and a multi-state territory is Veterinary Orthopedic Pharmaceuticals.  My older son heard about a 50k grant he would qualify for.  He said, “Dad, I need to do it myself.”  Contrary to the vapid mutterings of Barack who thinks nobody can achieve  anything without the government, he worked like a dog, learned from more experienced people, and is wise is how he deals with prospects with methods he is now being asked to share.  I cannot imagine how different my sons would feel if they had been handed something they did not deserve and were constantly being reminded of it.   We see BLM at elite colleges, and demands for segregated dorms and everything else – it IS painful to not be respected However, respect has to be EARNED, and unfortunately, liberals do not respect those whose votes they take for granted. 

I wish EVERY Black person heard Trump’s Michigan speech which mirrored the “Hillary’s America” movie.  Who wants to be used?  Who wants to be taken for granted?  Unfortunately, under-achievers who refuse to put out the extreme effort needed to succeed gravitate to these folks. They want the easy way, and they do not have self-respect.

Two examples from my own life – one that shows what not to do and the other WHAT to do.

Our church has a Boy’s Brigade Program.  I was serious about it. In fact, I was only the second boy in New Jersey to end up winning the “Herald of Christ” award,   It was tons of work – athletic improvement, Bible study and memorization, term papers, outdoor skills, building a model hoe complete with electric lighting and a remote controlled garage door and car (I used a 1964 1/2 Mustang – wish I could find it).   As I was working hard toward the goal, the Captain told me he was promoting one of the black boys who came to be squad leader over me in order to get him >more interested”.  A total disregard for the achievement based program.  The boy could not have cared less and did not value the position because he knew he did not deserve it because he had done nothing
In the program to qualify for it.  He did not last long and eventually just dropped out.  You are not helping anybody by giving them something they do not deserve. They will disrespect you for it if not outright hate you.

As an architect I was competing for a major community center in the Hispanic Community.  It was a difficult adaptive reuse requiring lots of technical experience from a very experienced person. I found out one of my competitors was the HIGHEST-RANKING Hispanic Architectural firm in the city who was justly revered for excellent design.  I figured it might be fruitless even if I offered a price advantage because of the pride and achievement they could offer the community.  I won the project. One of the people on the selection committee told me that they hired me because I was smaller, more hands-on, and I would give the project more personal attention than the principals from the other, better-known firms could offer.  They acted in their self-interest, and the project was a success.  The Hispanic firm did other work in the area, which was excellent.  The client acted in their self-interest and gave no advantage simply over ethnicity.

I see nothing wrong in choosing a minority firm over an equally qualified majority one to help out.  I look for firms like that, but do not give extra points or make excuses if they do not measure up.  The best way to improve is to work hard to gain success.  I have duly noted that minority firms who play the AA and quota games almost never mature.  They get “set-asides” and earn money for very often giving the work to majority workers living off the mark-ups and profits.   When they bid for private work with no minority requirements, their prices are high and not realistic.  If you get work you do not qualify for, there is no incentive to improve, hone your skills, and learn how to compete in today’s economy.  It also removes all respect even from those hiring you because they see it as charity and not a normal business relationship.

I applaud minority and female firms who achieve based upon skill and hard work, and they justly deserve the accolades they received.  I urge others, though, to maintain pure competition, offer no excuses, and do not reward people for games rather than achievement.  The Japanese men almost won gold because of their hard work.  Everyone CAN win – but we must make sure that win because they are the BEST, not because of the color of their skin or any other factor. Men must be judged NOT by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.  We have had a disastrous presidency since 2008 of a man with radical background, corrupt mentoring, and with no real qualifications for the job.  His career was causing division and conflict as a community organizer, and RACISM resulted in him being elected.  He was not properly vettd, he did not even have to produce a non-forged birth certificate, and the press handled him with kid gloves SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN.  The vapid GOP congress was largely hands-off as well, letting him commit over 100 impeachable offenses.  He keeps getting worse and worse, dividing the  nation, importing our enemies, criticizing our patriots, even calling for $10,000 fines for asking people to recite the Pledge of Allegiance (we know HE never meant it the few times he muttered it).  That is the end result of Affirmative Action and it is not pretty.

Let’s be ore like the Olympics.  If a man or woman wins, they win.  Period.

Saturday, July 30, 2016


We just went through the unusual experience of two back-to-back conventions – the Republicans first and then the Democrats. One common theme between them has been talk of “the establishment”. With the G.O.P., people like Mitch O’Connell. John Boehner, and now Paul Ryan were elected based upon appealing to issues valued by Republicans – freedom, less government, moral certitude, adherence to the U.S. Constitution, judges who interpret existing laws as opposed to creating new ones, and being a reliable partner to our allies and resisting the lawless and institutions that promote and carry out terrorism.

However, issue after issue was ceded to the Obama Administration. Important issues. AND WITH NO REASON GIVEN.  When Donald Trump gained traction,  they were like a deer in the headlights and seemed to oppose him more than Obama or Hillary Clinton.  They were exposed as frauds, and we found out they really did NOT believe the same way as their voters did.  Trump’s numbers skyrocketed. So many in his party rejected him and actually worked against him, some even pledging to vote for his opponent showing where their hearts REALLY were.

With the Democrats, their new establishment is far more liberal and “progressive” than traditional democrats like Scoop Jackson, Hubert Humphrey, Harry Truman, and JFK.  People like former Pennsylvania Robert Casey were big on economic issues but totally prolife.  He was marginalized and disrespected, and his own son has become anathema to all he stood for.  The party flipped.  It now promotes unrestricted abortion, the promotion of sexual perversion, treating the U.S. Constitution as a useless relic, appointing judges who make laws and overturn the will of the people when they cannot get what they want legislatively as opposed to simply interpreting existing laws, and pandering to minority groups while secret emails showed how much they despised them.  Bernie Sanders is a socialist, but opposed the T.P.P. and the deep pandemic corruption of the Democrat establishment.  The Clinton Foundation was an utter fraud, and Hillary’s diatribes against Wall Street rang hollow when she was getting a quarter million dollars a speech for saying next to nothing and certainly not offending Wall Street. The last release of emails proved that the fix had long been in. The debates were scheduled on Saturday nights when no one was watching. The press provided questions in advance to Clinton. The outright cheerleading of Hillary by the mainstream media with ZERO probing questions was galling to everyone. 

Bernie and Donald were both considered outside their party, with Repubs claiming Donald was a closet Democrat and Bernie reverted to being an Independent.  Strangely, the fact than Donald was attracting a lot of Democrat votes to expand the base went unappreciated and the bringing in of normally apolitical millennials through Bernie seemed to mean nothing to either party.

Not many people seem to dispute the fact that each party has an establishment and that those are harsh, dishonest, disingenuous, and not open to doing things in a different way.

So, does the same issue exist in the church?  I say it does.  I believe the evidence is overwhelming.  Why do I say this?

Like the parties, the Christian Establishment has a “GroupThink” mentality. They expect people to go along robotically with what they say.   Like the Republicans and Democrats,  there is more than one establishment. They have some issues in common, but many distinctives.  Yet, the problems are the same.

The evangelical establishment has become to mean the following:

1)    The Bible is the word of God, but we will not stand on the Bible in terms of Genesis with an earth about 6,000 years old and no molecules-to-man evolution.  Look at Westminster Seminary’s website and the OVERWHELMING majority of “Christian” colleges.  Also not the utter DISTAIN for true Christians who actually believe Jesus when he wrote the ten commandments that the creation took in six days as the basis for the Sabbath. The harsh words for “fundamentalists” rival those Cruzers had for Trump.

2)    We need to demonstrate BY OUR LIVES more than witnessing the truths of the gospel. I believe Jesus Christ was perfect and that if there ever was any life that could preach the message it was his.  Yet he spoke constantly and ministered the truth.  As the Bible says, “How shall they hear without a preacher?”

3)    We must minister to felt needs.  We must not have a one size first all gospel (Praise God, that is precisely what we DO have!) We must determine what people think they need and minister to that as they do at Willow Creek.  The fact is, people have to be CONVICTED by the Holy Spirit as to what they need – they often have no idea. They often concentrate on the superficial whereas God deals with the heart. The preaching of the cross is the power of God unto salvation.

4)    Hate the sin but love the sinner.  Not in the Bible.  God hates sin and the sinner. He hates homosexuality, partiality, racism, murder, filthiness.  As Jack Cottrell has well said, “A. H. Strong (“Systematic Theology,” p. 290) observes that God both hates and loves the sinner at the same time: “hates him as he is a living and willful antagonist of truth and holiness, loves him as he is a creature capable of good and ruined by his transgression.” In other words, God hates the sin, and he also hates the sinner. “You hate all who do iniquity. You destroy those who speak falsehood; the LORD abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit” (Ps. 5:5-6). This and many other passages show that God’s hatred is directed against the PERSON who sins and not just the sin itself.”   The Evangelical Establishment is harsh toward those who actually believe Romans 1. Abominations are not negotiable.  If you do not believe me, read recent Intervarsity books which are so soft on sin. When you object, they latch into you with claws like Cruz did with Trump.

5)    The charismatic gifts are no longer present. W have the Bible and they are useless for today.  The Bible says not to QUENCH the Holy Spirit.  I Corinthians 14 talks about the essential need for the gifts to be in evidence by EVERYONE in EVERY service.

6)    The pastor must have theological training and is the head of the church. You cannot find that in the Bible.  There were elders and the people were called to minister. I know so many with massive theological educations who like the Scribes and Pharisees miss the entire point of the gospels.  The Bible gives the qualifications for leaders, and notably ABSENT is ANY mention of formal training.  It is based upon life integrity.  I have found that many pastors with “acceptable” training have been socialized into the establishment’s way of thinking.  They do not have intimate communications with God. They barely scratch the surface of what is in the Bible, and they tend to preach their ideas as opposed to what is actually in the Bible. So much preaching is pabulum, not the heart of the gospel and the essentials for sanctified Christian living.

7)    All church members must contribute 10% of their gross income to the local church who solely decides how to spend it.  This is called tithing, but was a creation of the establishment to build cathedrals and was unknown in the early church if you take the time to read the writings of the church fathers.  While the Sabbath is dismissed along with most of the rest of the Old Covenant, this alone is held up as an absolute. Some churches I know insist one tithe to be leader and some require you to produce your 1040 tax return so they can assess you your giving!  God forbid! Paul taught us that we are NOT to give under compulsion. We are free in Christ.  I would add that most of the New Testament calls to be generous deal with THE POOR and the WIDOW, and the ORPHAN, not to fund preachers and buildings.  Paul noted those living high n the hog off the gospel, and determined to pay his own way.  I have paid my way my entire ministry, and I have preached more messages than most pastors.  The Bible says one can make their living off the gospel, but I have found that when people pay you to preach they want CONTROL over what you say.  Sometimes it is overt (and I have stories to tell) and sometimes it is subtle or simply implied, but I am delighted to have TOTAL FREEDOM to speak whatever God tells me to say without the fear of being fired or not getting paid.  I would not trade that FREEDOM IN CHRIST for ANYTHING.

Briefly, three more establishments – first the Charismatic and Word Faith Establishment. The Charismatic movement morphed in something unrecognizable if you were there in the beginning, although some bad seeds were there very early on.  I do not use that term for myself any longer – I am simply a New Testament Christian.  It brought a whole lot of good to the table, but was corrupted like just about every other move of God. Here is how it works:

1)      You can take number six above and put it on steroids. You are promised all manner of blessings for simply being generous.

2)      The Seed-Faith teaching says that by giving to a man of God, you will give you crazy stuff. The promises get bigger and bigger and the “testimonies” wilder and wilder.  It dilutes the whole idea of sacrificial giving – we give because we love God and want to meet real needs.  It also creates mega-wealthy leaders which Paul scorned and the poor, the widow, and the orphan get little of anything of what people sacrifice.

3)      Everything is in the atonement – healing, money, etc.  The net result is that what really IS in the atonement gets short shrift. The atonement is a GUARANTEE.  Our salvation is guaranteed in Christ.  Healing is not guaranteed – even the most successful faith healers are at one percent, at least in America, and some of the biggest names do not have even ONE medically verified healing.  I believe in healing and have seen and experienced it. I preach it. I anoint with oil. I believe real New Testament style healing will be restored to the church.  However, not through showboaters, money-oriented folks, or slick ministries, but through sincere men of God.  THE SAME WITH MONEY. Most of the best Christians have suffered financial deprivation during some period of their lives, some MOST of their lives. Remember, the Bible was not simply written for Americans, it is universal, and you need to evaluate people in the third world as closely as those in a wealthy suburb.

4)    Practices such as “slaying in the spirit”, “soaking”, uncontrolled behavior, and variations of “personal prophecy” which are alarmingly close to dealing with a familiar spirit have spread like wildfire to the Biblically illiterate. While God can certainly give a word to someone, and I have seen that a lot and in fact have done it myself, I have also seen long lines of people wanting someone to speak over them which often results in the "prophets" telling people what they want to hear - having a great ministry, travel, money, etc., much like what your astrologer might tell you.  A "prophet" told me I would be a billionaire.  I was hoping he would be right, but you get the idea.

5)    Women can minister the same as men. Just try to object to this abject disobedience to the Bible. “Neither male nor female” is as prevalent as Hillary’s “A Woman’s Right to Choose”.  I remember when my wife taught psychology at a Christian college. We had her class of students on our deck talking about life.  This came up sure as shootin’.  They only changed the subject when I asked if any of them every studied the times First Corinthians was written in.  There were two cultures in Corinth, the Athenian Culture, which was traditional male-led and the Spartan culture, where education was egalitarian and women had major roles in running businesses and the economy. This was granted in part because of practicality since the men were seafaring by-and-large, but also as a trade-off to not criticize the men for homosexuality.  The presence of the Spartan Culture was unique. The reason Paul was so pointed was than EVEN WHEN IT IS PERMITTED BY THE CULTURE, God’s way stands.  This was totally opposite to their position that it was written to unenlightened male chauvinist society and not at all applicable today. The devil really turned that around.  The other objection is that the submission of women was a curse to them which is released in Christ.  If that were true, why tell Christian women to submit???  In Timothy, we are told it was CREATED this way, not simply a result of sin. Read the curse in Genesis carefully. That goes beyond what Paul is saying as the order of creation.  All this said, I have had numerous clients and interchanges with Christian women pastors.  NONE was without SIGNIFICANT spiritual deception. It goes with the territory.  You should also vet every MAKE pastor as well so you do not follow a self-willed or deceived person either.

Next, the Black Church Establishment. I need to be very careful here because there is a fair amount of diversity on some issues and some of what I have shared above applies as well to a significant number of Black churches.  However there are dominant issues upon which there is very widespread conformance so I will deal with those.

1)        The Black church sees itself as the rock of the Black community and expects blacks to come. While whites are not excluded, they are generally few in number and share the dominant political mindset. There is a mindset that black preachers are superior and that black music is superior and those who go to "white" churches are ;piled at somewhat askance.  I have been blessed by both black preaching and black music, so I would be the last one to diminish either, but content is critical, and when in comes to passing the Biblical accuracy test, there is much to be desired. I love a diversity of music and appreciate a very wide variety of styles. The more recent phenomenon of harder music is a somewhat logical progression from being more edgy, and this has happened in predominantly white churches as well, especially those in the Hillsong model with black drapes and very loud, hard music.   I had to walk out of a service in a black church where the singer had the mike practically in his mouth and was thumbing the audio booth to make it even louder.  It was painful.  The same happened in a Carmen concert, though that was a concert as opposed to a service. If reconciliation is to be real, people need to worship together and not be segregated. Unfortunately, there are so many vested interests, and perhaps a fear by some pastors that they would not be in charge anymore.  The pressure to conform is great, with "thinking white" a greater sin than the real sins Jesus talked about. Unfortunately, that Balkanizes Christianity, especially in view of the next point.

2)        The modern Black church is an extension of the Democrat party.  Those who depart are heavily marginalized. I know a black pastor who preached moral issues, never political partisanship - he faced a rebellion and his church ended up in foreclosure.  I know another pastor who was strong on moral issues and had candidates who espoused them come visit at election time. He flipped in 2008 and started preaching abominable things. While many black Christians consider themselves conservative, they put moral issues on the shelf and vote overwhelmingly for the party that seeks to marginalize ALL Christians. Misplaced loyalties always compromise judgment. None of the demonstratively true economic issues are taught, as one is accepted for going along, just like in college, no matter what your ethnicity, no one cares if you understand evolutionary theory or Marxism or whatever as long as you say you are for it. So many churches are no longer clear in their moral teachings, as they have to permeate EVERY area of one's life. While this was historically not the case, to be a Black Republican today  is a profile in courage.

3)        While academics are often preached hard about, the black church has copies many of their white brothers in cherishing titles, especially "Doctor".   A stunning number of leaders has honorary degrees and their congregations adore the title, even though there was nothing done academically to get them.  Honorary degrees were intended for those with amazing life stories who never could go to college, not as a substitute for rigorous academic work.  Thankfully, there seems to be trend toward earned degrees, though many of the institutions attended are theologically liberal and not nearly rigorous enough with the Bible. While title creep is a problem everywhere, the sheer number of Bishops, Apostles, Chief Apostles, and the like are a genuine embarrassment.  Some are even women which violates the scriptures, but whether men or women, the fascination with titles is not wise.  We are to be servants, not exalting ourselves.

4)        Somewhat related to three is the tendency to unhealthily exalt ministers and vicariously live through them.  Many black pastors are given fine cars and far better homes than would be typical in the congregation. I will not give examples to keep you from guessing, but I personally know of many examples.  This makes it even worse when there is a moral failure, as the tendency is get the person back as quickly as possible,  Mt Dad was seriously underpaid as a pastor, so I do not favor starving any pastor,  However,  multiple luxury cars and a luxurious lifestyle usually impact the integrity of the message. If you question any of this you will be the odd man out.

5)        False teaching on giving is endemic as it is in evangelical churches. However, only in black churches have I heard  that pastors insisted people show their 1040 to be assessed their "tithe".  High pressure, including walking to the altar which marginalizes those unable to give stand out to me - perhaps not to you.   The Bible says to not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.  I prefer private giving wherever I am.  A side issue here is financial accountability.  A black bank VP was a trustee of his church yet had no idea how much the pastor made or where the money went.  He asked me if this was typical around here, as he was from New York.  I showed him the financial report from the church I was attending at the time, which was largely white.  His eyes lit up and said that was what he was looking for.  Tables and charts and a full financial picture plus the offer that an attender could meet with the church finance officer if they needed ever more information. Outside auditing is a problem with many ministries of all types, but in my business dealing over several decades, this seems to be an acute issue in too many black churches.

6)        Lastly, in many venues, the call for salvation is very weak and ambiguous and is mixed in with "opening the doors of the church".  This leads to many church members not being born again, and weakens the church in terms of being able to follow the Lord in everything. Members must be believers in any church, and I favor really checking someone out before inviting them to be a part of you, but unfortunately churches of all stripes want members and have lowered the bar.  This particular practice though, makes it incredibly easy for an unbeliever to join.

I will close with the Catholic Establishment. I know numerous born-again Catholics and been to the Catholic Charismatic Conference in Notre Dame and been in Newman Center Meetings. While they differ fro the old school in some ways, and diminish the role of Mary and do not pray for the dead, much of the baggage remains.

1)        The Pope is seen as the Vicar of Christ.  A Vicar means in place of”, so even if a pope were totally righteous and sanctified, it would be wrong to accord him that honor.  However, history has shown that MANY popes throughout history lived in debauchery.  The current Pope Francis has contradicted Jesus and the Bible so many times it is hard to believe he ever had any serious encounter with Christ at all.  Yet just TRY to change born-again Catholic minds who think he is the best thing since Swiss Cheese.  Remember, misplaced loyalties always compromise judgment.

]2)       The primacy of the Catholic Church.  I  and a Baptist fellow went to a meeting at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY at the height of Charismatic movement for a prayer meeting. They were discussing whether Protestants could actually be Christians – they had heard God had been working among Protestants!  As Yogi Berra liked to say, it was deja vous all over again.  I was raised primarily as an independent Baptist, and we discussed whether Catholics could be born again if they did not leave their church.  Many of course have, and we attended a non-denominational church where perhaps 1/3 of the people were ex-Catholics.  Yet many have remained. If they spoke up, they would probably not be welcome, yet people on both sides of the aisle stay in church which teach things contrary to the Bible.  I say LEAVE.  “Can two walk together except they be agreed/” and “What fellowship has light with darkness?”

3)        Like the Democrats, Catholics used to be strong on patriotism and morality. Did you know Al Gore used to be strongly pro-life? The infiltration by those who do not even have a passing knowledge of Christ has made it harder for the traditional Catholics.  The Pope has been sending all the signals to encourage this new group, and many have compromised the traditional strong stands of the church.  Those who feel they have been hijacked are being marginalized and soon we may be able to recognize it.  Like Al Gore long ago, and like Tim Kaine now, compromise and further solidarity with wickedness is the order of the day.

In my mind, the only establishment that matters is the establishment of Christ’s kingdom, Unless we live in a kingdom matter, whether one belongs to the Evangelical Establishment, the Word of Faith establishment, of the Catholic Establishment is only a matter of degree,  We are called to come out from among them and to be separate, says the Lord.  We are to stand for what is true and not empower nor support that which is contrary to the eternal, perfect, and infallible word of God.   I am anti-establishment.  Are you?