Visions. Have you ever heard of a near-death experience? Some people report having an experience where they hover above their bodies. They can look down and see themselves, and what’s going on. That they enter into a bright light or a tunnel of light that takes them to heaven. Some have said they saw Jesus, talked with him, or maybe visited with a relative that had been dead. These experiences usually come as a result of a severe illness or injury where the person literally dies for a short period of time. But what would you call an experience when the person wasn’t sick or injured, someone who wasn’t near death?
A wolf in sheep’s clothing. We’ve all heard it, and probably seen it in cartoons. But what is it?
A wolf in sheep’s clothing is symbolic of someone who outwardly appears harmless, and kind with good intentions, but inwardly is full of hate, evil, and deceit. A predator who appears meek and mild, and by the time you figure out who and what he is, he’s got you by the throat, ripping your lungs out. But did you know that this little saying came right from the bible, and not some fairy tale? In Matthew 7:15 Jesus warned us to “Watch out false prophets, They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” This was a warning about false teachings, false prophets, false preachers, and teachers.
Slavery- A person or people that are owned and controlled like property by another person or entity. First, slavery is an abomination in the eyes of the Lord and should be in our eyes too. Americans are being told that America is systemically racist. That the constitution was written by a bunch of slave-owning white men. Yes, slavery existed in America, and around the world, for tens if not hundreds of thousands of years. And, sadly in some countries it still exists. But, as a nation, haven’t we learned from the mistakes and atrocities of the past and moved on from those times, and practices? Have we truly ended slavery or just changed the name?
I’ve been listening to people talking about how Christmas is a white holiday, a celebration of religious oppression. That Santa (saint Nick) isn’t real, he’s just something, I don’t even know what. It’s just about money, and commercialism. Man, talk about your grinches. Does anyone really think that the birth of Jesus Christ is about the color of someone’s skin? Or about some toy that a child wants? Oh, it is about oppression, but it’s the oppression of sin, and we’re all oppressed by that.
I think that there are very few things that have the exact same meaning to every single person, every single time. If you ask my little girl, no means no until my back is turned, then it magically transforms into yes. But, Jesus, who he is, what he is, and what he isn’t’ has never changed. Now some folks may not want to believe or accept who Jesus is. But that doesn’t change him, it changes you.
Church, what does that mean? I’d imagine to most it’s the building where you go each week to worship. But is that the church? Jesus told Simon Peter you are the rock I will build my church on. So what is the church?
I tell the truth. Not my truth, God’s truth. Found in his word, the bible. People may not want to hear it. But at the end of the day, there’s only one truth, God’s. Today, I’m going to talk about the storm that’s coming. But know this. None of us, not one of us has the right to judge others. No one has the right to attack or harass others, not even in the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus told us to love our enemies, not attack them. So to sit in judgment of others is to play God. And that means you’re part of the storm that’s coming.
Okay, so sin is the breaking of God’s laws. But aren’t religious laws and moral laws the same as God’s law? Well, yes and no. If we think of a sin like a crime, then they are the same. Stealing is a sin, and it’s a crime. So why is it so difficult for people to know what sin is and what it isn’t? Well, mainly because mankind keeps changing the rules to suit themselves. God said that murder is a sin. Mankind says murder is a crime. But, if you use the word abortion instead of murder then it’s alright. It’s the same thing, they just changed the rules. God said that stealing is a sin. Mankind says stealing is a crime. But, if you steal less than a certain amount then it’s alright. It’s still stealing, they just changed the rules.
Today we’re going to do something a little different. I have Bob and Jeremy with me and we’re going to have a little round table talk time. So Bob, why don’t you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about who you are?
Last week I said that we were going to have a couple of special guests on the podcast today. But, a member of Jeremy’s family took ill. To me, nothing is more important than God, and family. No matter what else is going on, when someone you love and care about is sick or hurt, they come first. Our families, our friends, and our lives are a gift from God. You want to honor God, and thank him for the gifts he’s given you. Then put his gifts first in your life, before yourself and the world.