Archive for September, 2012

No Compromise or No Standards?

September 30, 2012

Twenty years ago, President Clinton was accused of engaging in…uh…not your normal sex acts with a young intern, in the Oval Office. One of the defenses presented for him was “He’s the president, not a pastor.” The thought here seemed to be that he shouldn’t be held to the same standard as a pastor or other person who “does” religion for a living.

Fast forward twenty years and the sitting president makes it clear that he endorses legal liaisons (I refuse to call them marriages) between same-sex individuals. The defense? He’s the president, not the nation’s pastor. While I disagree with the sentiment, I can at least see how the supposed differences can be justified. But you folks are going to have to help me out here. I obviously don’t understand the idea of holiness and uncompromising service to our Lord and Savior by those who profess to follow Jesus Christ as Lord.

We don’t expect the unsaved to live up to our standards. But apparently we give those who ARE pastors the same pass. Again, I probably just don’t understand. After all, I teach in a church that has fewer than twenty families as members. We don’t have a choir to die for, and we rent space from the Lutheran church. And it must be that I’m just too focused to have realistic expectations.

I would expect Jerry Bruckheimer to produce, direct, and otherwise create some movies and television shows that are, at times, vulgar and, shall we call it immodest. And you’d expect Christopher Nolan to direct movies with a fairly worldly point of view. But would you expect the same behavior from a man who insists he is the highly anointed pastor of a church and is the “covering” (whatever that is) for hundreds of other churches?

Several weeks ago, I took the wife to see “Sparkle.” Though going to movies isn’t the easiest thing in the world for us, I figured it would be good for us to get out and see a movie. She wanted to see “Sparkle” so I worked it out for us. It was a mistake.

After watching the previews for coming attractions, I settled down into my stadium seating chair with a big bucket of popcorn (no butter), set to watch the movie. And it opened with that foul-mouthed performer Cee Lo Green. While he was relatively clean in the movie, I wouldn’t have picked him as the first thing the audience sees. And I certainly would have looked for a less foul-mouthed performer to put on the pay roll.

The movie has four-lettered expletives sprinkled throughout. And I’m not just talking about theological terms like “hell.” I’m talking about scatological ones.

The only thing some of the shots of the performers were missing was a little bump-and-grind music (I would direct to some sites that explain that reference, but the sites’ contents were worse than the movie I’m complaining about).

The clothing was way past suggestive. While I don’t want to be a prude, I did have to look away several times. Here’s one of the milder wardrobe choices made by the director. I felt somewhat obliged to do a little editing on this very mild example.

So, any guesses as to who produced the movie? Bruckheimer? No. Nolan? No. Or maybe the Broccoli brothers? Okay, okay! The Broccoli brothers are dead, but you get the idea.

No, “Sparkle” was produced by none other than (drum roll), T. Dexter Jakes.

What’s my point in all of this? Simple. Is T. Dexter a Christian and a church leader, or is he an entrepreneur willing to do whatever it takes to make a profit?

I’m becoming more and more certain of the latter, with respect to both theology and economy.

Make no mistake about it: I think it is outstanding for Christians to be involved in the arts, to mirror creation, and to be creative in giving glory to God. I don’t have a problem with Christians writing books (heck, I’m trying to sell one right now), with Christians painting, or with Christians’ involvement in any and all of the arts. Why leave that area of culture to the unsaved? All they will generally do with it is corrupt it through the glorification of man or the promotion of rebellion against God.

Does a movie have to have an explicitly Christian theme? Certainly not. Should a movie producer, one who professes not just to be a Christian, but a leader, produce a work that glorifies ungodly behavior? Certainly not.

Of course, I don’t limit this to “Christian Leaders.” It’s applicable to all Christians. Paul told us in 1 Cor 10:31 to do whatever we do to the glory of God. Granted, he was speaking primarily about the observation of the Law and its strictures on what a person could eat or drink. But I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to follow this out to the arts. Do you really think a Hip Hop artist is “giving glory to God” when they receive some award wearing pasties?

When God told the artisans to embroider the hems of the robes with pomegranates (Exodus 28:33, 34) do you think He wanted it to look just any kind of way? No. It’s a pretty safe bet he wanted them to look like the fruit. And while I’m sure God had a reason for a pomegranate and not a kumquat, the point is, this artistic representation of the physical world seemed not only alright with God, but it was approved.

Then there’s music. DO you really think music has to be explicitly tied to God to be acceptable to Him? I suggest not. But I would also say the music should not promote ungodliness. The list of songs that are in rebellion to God are the norm rather than the exception. Theater and cinema are the same way. I would even go so far as to say literature is the very same way. The books need not be explicitly Christian, but they should reflect a Christian world view rather than a secular world view.

T. Dexter failed in all of this in the production of “Sparkle.” But then, should we expect anything different? He also produced “Jumping the Broom.” The actors were quite skilled. And the story line was substantial, more substantial than most of his movies and most of the modern, less violent and sex soaked Blaxploitation movies. But again we come back to why he would produce a movie with some very questionable scenes (the opening scene for starters). And why would he include at least one character who seemed to go out of its way to make Christianity look like an exercise in self-righteousness.

T. Dexter not only is too dishonest to openly admit that he is a Oneness proponent, or to stop promoting Word of Faith doctrine even while he preaches it, but he is willing to create and profit from blatantly ungodly movies. And unfortunately a lot of you professing Christians line up and give him your money to he can put ungodly philosophies and images into your heads.

So, am I missing something here?

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P.I.M.P. Ministry Update – Going on Six Years!!!

September 12, 2012

As most of you probably don’t realize, we will be starting our sixth year of powerfully anointed ministry this coming January. Along the way we have really been able to see the lord (we won’t say which lord) at work, promoting and prospering the ministry.

We’ve been blessed to start a church – the Praise Immanuel Mighty Prince (P.I.M.P.) Church.

And we’ve gone from five members (my wife and my four children), to over 20,000 members. This is obvious proof of one of two things. Either God has greatly favored us and prospered us, or we were very fortunate to be able to find 20,000 dolts foolish enough to follow after us. God, of course, revealed to me that the growth is a demonstration of the former item.

I’ve included a picture of our new building. Since size equates to God’s blessing, I measured the volume of this beasty and compared it to the building First Baptist Church of Glenarden owns, the church Bishop Thomas up in Baltimore owns, and the church Joel (aka Willow Boy) Osteen owns in Houston. This baby tops them all. It weighs more, it has more volume, and it’s just plain old way more impressive. And no, that is not a statue of Moroni at the top of the pinnacle. It only looks like him. And it only looks like he’s blowing a trumpet of some kind.

We’ve named the structure the Praise Immanuel Mighty Prince Temple, or the P.I.M.P Temple. Sad to say, I’ve already had to let six or seven people go from the ministry because they kept calling the building the Pemple. They just didn’t have the vision for the ministry.

Even as the membership has grown, the staff has been able to grow.

We have gone from six armor bearers three years ago, headed by Nails Callahan, to over 70 armor bearers. And as a special blessing, Nails was able to get a pardon for the felony assault conviction that has been hanging over his head for the last six years. Who says we don’t serve a God of second chances? Either that, or the compromising photos of the governor, the ones we keep in the office safe, did their job.

The praise team has really been growing. Vikki “Boom-Boom” Parker has been greatly anointed by the lord. And most of those videos of her have been removed from the internet. For the ones we couldn’t get removed we just denied it was her. They were mostly cheap and grainy anyway.

Attendance at P.I.M.P. Temple usually runs around eight thousand a week. But for some reason, when Boom-Boom ministers through her dance ministry, the place is packed out for all three services. And I swear I see most of the men attending all three services. We had her minister at Men’s Breakfast a couple of times, but the wives kicked up such a fuss that we had to stop. Besides, there were usually so many men there that we kept running out of food. And we had to pat everybody down for video cameras, phone cameras and other stuff. I mean really, how we can make any money off the videos if everybody already has a copy on their iPhone? You’d think people would recognize that bootlegging videos of one of Boom Boom’s ministry performances is stealing from God, just like when you don’t tithe.

According to the Chief Financial Officer, my brother-in-law Jody, we haven’t been pulling in a lot of money. He says we’re getting about seven thousand dollars a week in offerings. Actually, I may have that number wrong. I’ll check with him when he gets back from his weekly trip to the Bahamas this Saturday. I think it’s the Bahamas. Sometimes he takes cruises as well.

I have to admit though, that you have been really faithful in maintaining the defense fund for “Keys” MacMillan. Keys, of course, is responsible for our transportation ministry and…uh…acquiring vans for the transportation ministry. A couple of times in the last several months, city and state law enforcement took some exception to the way he has been supplying the needs of the saints. The devil has pulled Keys into court at least twice to try to subject him to persecution under trumped-up charges of car theft and racketeering. The last time he had a Slim Jim on him was what? Four years ago?

It’s been over two years since we started the “Buy the P.I.M.P. a Plane” project. We’ve supplied all of you with a list of general aviation (GA) airplanes. While I’m rather fond of the Mooney, I just can’t ask you, the sheep at P.I.M.P. Temple to endure that much hardship. So I’m letting you know that I would be more than happy to make do with the SR22. But that’s really the minimum you should ask me to do for. Once I get the airplane, I’ll be able to spread my gospel all over the United States, Canada and the Bahamas. I would, of course, focus on such godless places as Las Vegas, Miami, The Atlantis Casino in the Bahamas, and Los Angeles. Wouldn’t you like to be a part of making that ministry happen? We’ve already collected five hundred thousand for the fund. But we need more. Whichever plane your generosity gets us is going to have to be insured and maintained. And don’t forget the training I’ll need so I can fly it. Both are Instrument certified so I’ll have to get my Instrument rating along the way.

All in all, it’s been a good six years. God is showing himself powerful in the lives of the saints, especially my life. Keep giving so God can keep the blessings coming. Remember, when you bless the Mand of Gawd, Gawd blesses you.

And Remember the church’s motto: Give ‘til it hurts and watch God work.

(Note: This is a partial re-post. I’m still waiting for my vastly overpriced webmaster to get the rest of my stuff off of the old server.)

Evil or Eviler

September 11, 2012

 

Yes, I know.  The general argument is that the first person to call the other guy a Nazi loses the argument.  Fortunately, I’m not calling Cashflow Dollar a Nazi.  I am, however, insisting that the Pulpit Pimps are evil; some “more” evil than others.  I don’t believe they are deceived any more than Hitler, Goering,  or Himmler were deceived. 

The Nazis ordered millions of people, civilians, to their deaths.  They knew perfectly well that they were ordering and facilitating the murder of millions of people.  And they ignited a world war that killed multiple millions of people and reduced Germany to rubble.  Here’s a video of Creflo Dollar, one of my favorite pimps.  “Favorite” being a relative term.

Listen to what Creflo and his fellow purveyor of religious porn (and it is as much and as shameful a distortion of Christianity as pornography is of sex) say about tithing.

Creflo starts off saying our salvation is in the blood of Jesus, and that it’s a good thing our salvation is in the blood of Jesus (0:02).

But he then goes on to say:

Getting rid of the non-tithing members lets God come to church.  Then you can have church and have the anointing.  (1:06) 

If you tithe, it’s impossible for you to go to hell.  You’re in the presence of God when you tithe. (1:52)

Tithing is the agreement. (2:10)  Huh?  What in the world does he mean by that?  He goes on to explain that the tithe is the covenant (2:17)

It’s your covenant connection.  (2:20)  Are you perhaps noticing that so far, Jesus Christ seems to be missing big time from this whole thing?  Apparently he supplies the blood and then backs out of the whole thing.

All the promises that God has given us are blocked unless we tithe. (2:26)  The only way you are going to get healed is through the tithe (2:34)

The rest of the video is mostly Leroy, his grammar challenged partner in heresy going on about prosperity.

This man is evil, but not because he is murdering people.  He is evil because he is so grossly misleading people.  Granted he’s using their greed and willful ignorance of what the Bible actually says, but like Judas (who only did what God decreed he would do) he is anathema (accursed in the worst possible way).  He is leading millions of men and women straight into hell with this and other perversions of the Gospel. 

Don’t forget, this is one of the Word of Faith men who claim that Jesus is the first born again man.  He teaches that Jesus suffered in hell for three days in order to win our salvation.  He claims that Jesus became God but he wasn’t God to begin with.

Who is the more evil?  The man who destroyed millions of bodies or the man who is even now in the process of destroying millions of souls with his perversion of the Gospel?

Tell everyone you can about the evil of this man.  Tell them about the evil of Kenneth Copeland and The Apostle Fred Price.  And tell them about the men and women who model themselves after these heretics and others.   

Stay away from these men.  Stay away from the men and women who model themselves after these men.  They preach another gospel and are to be avoided. 

Okay, Hitler isn’t anathema.  He’s just dead.  But if he had been presenting Nazi philosophy as being the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he WOULD have been anathema. 

But I want you to listen to it, closely.  He says some very disturbing things in it.

More on One of the Safe Harbors – Ref Alive

September 7, 2012

I can only assume that God truly does have a sense of humor. Sometimes I think it’s a twisted (in a godly sort of way, or course) sense of humor. I mean think about it. He came up with bright pink birds whose legs bend backwards. He created the platypus – the PLATYPUS. This is a mammalian creature that has a duck bill, hair, webbed feet, and lays eggs. It’s a mammal that can dispense venom. And it has a stupid name. Yeah. God has a sense of humor.

Further proof of this propensity is the fact that he moved the hearts of the men and women who worship at Reformation Alive Baptist Church to appoint me as one of their Elders. Yes, you read that correctly. I am an Elder (and I don’t just mean one of the oldest guys there) at Ref Alive Baptist Church.

I have constantly refused to pursue almost any kind of leadership role or title within the church. Operating on the edges is good enough for me. But one day several months ago, while I was minding my own business, I asked the pastor what I could do to help ease the transition that was taking place. If you take a look at one of the earlier articles, you will read about Ref Alive losing its pastor because he lost his day job (the Seminary he teaches at was not able to pay him or the other employees) and we couldn’t afford to make up the difference.

When I asked about what I could do to help, he said something to the effect of “The Elders want to present you for consideration for Elder to the church. Would you support that?” I agreed. Some five weeks later, after getting some questions from the congregation (I don’t think they had a lot to ask since they know pretty much where I stand on most things.) they voted unanimously to appoint me as an elder.

The task is frightening – or maybe humbling is a better word. The task makes watching the pimps devour their flocks on a daily basis even more outrageous, even more heartbreaking, even more infuriating. I study, pray more than I have ever prayed in the past, listen, and work really hard at giving thoughtful, consistent responses to questions and concerns.  And I  don’t even have an armor bearer.

When people in the congregation have problems I am there to listen, to pray with them, and if possible, to present a possible solution. As I said, it’s scary. But through the grace of God, and certainly not my own innate genius, I seem to be filling the role in a satisfactory manner. No one has complained about me yet. And I don’t think the baseball bat I carry around has anything to do with the lack of complaints.

As I said earlier, the original pastor, Eric Redmond, had to leave. His replacement, Billy Womack is a brand new pastor/vocational elder. And I mean brand new. This is his first pastorate; these are some of his first sermons. But like the man he replaced, you walk away from the sermons with the thought “Here’s where I need to change.   This is what I need to pay attention to.” Billy has a full time job – eight hours or more a day, five days a week, week in and week out. Then he has to put ten to twelve hours into his sermon, every week, week in and week out.  And did I tell you his wife just had a kid?

If you want to hear the results of his studying and his understanding of the Word of God, go to http://refalivesermons.wordpress.com.  This is the kind of stuff we were getting when Eric was here.

If you are in the area, and you want to listen in person, come on by. Here’s the church information: www.refalive.com.  We’re Reformed, Baptist, and want to help you to understand the meaning of holiness.  Oh, and we’re really friendly too.   


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