Archive for June, 2015

A Queer Thing Just Happened to America

June 30, 2015

The Supreme Court has decided that dignity is a right granted by the Constitution of the United States of America. They also decided that denying homosexual “marriage” the same standing as marriage is an affront to all the homosexuals who want the rest of the world to view their unions as a marriage. And denying them the recognition they believe they deserve denies them the dignity they have a right to under the Constitution (as of June 27, 2015). Of course we are not deserving of any dignity at all as our president turns the whitehouse into a symbol of homosexual pride. 

So, as my favorite pulpit pimp, T. Dexter Jakes says: Get reddy! Get ready! Get ready!

Let me remind you that the militant homosexuals do not simply want to be allowed to live their lives as they please. They could have done that before June 27th. They don’t just want us to accept their life style. Many people have done that over recent years. They want us to celebrate it…literally. If you thought the attacks against the pizzeria in Indiana, the Photo studio in New Mexico or the Cake shop in Colorado were pretty bad, wait until the homosexual activists get ramped up with the new club handed to them by Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotamayor, Kagan, and Breyer, the five justices who found this previously well-hidden right to dignity.

Does your church perform weddings for or rent the facilities to people who are not members of your church? Stand by: a homosexual couple is on their way there to insist you perform their marriage, in your building. And if you don’t? That’s going to be as bad as some bigot refusing to serve Black people at the lunch counter, or refusing medical service to a Black automobile accident victim. It will prove beyond a doubt that you are a bigoted homophobe. Then, given the support homosexuals are getting from the Federal government, the full force of Obama’s trolls will come crashing down on your church.

You want to keep your tax-free status? You better marry them when they show up at your doorstep. You want to not be accused of discrimination because you don’t hire homosexuals as a part of your staff? You better hire them or get ready for a discrimination case that will have your congregation tithing overtime. You want to continue to receive Federal dollars to subsidize your day care center? Dude, you better hire them!
Or you Christian colleges out there: You say you refuse to rent married student apartments to homosexual couples? How deep are your pockets? Will you be able to continue once the the Feds withdraw your subsidies? What’s that you say? They wouldn’t be admitted to the college to begin with? Better think again. You can’t discriminate like that.

I have not been a fan of any kind of Federal involvement in churches, schools, or any other strictly local activities. My opinion is that the state (the Feds) are increasingly secular (anti-Christian for you people at First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering (FBCGotK)). And the Feds will work as hard as they can to shape churches into an image THEY can accept (which means no standards, no Bible-based holiness, no absolutes, and certainly no discrimination based on the way a person may choose to have sex.

Is Obama willing to push this as far as he can? I should think so. Take a look at how he defaced our house (the White House) when news of the decision came out. (Picture follows). Do you really think he, or any of the people he has working for him give a rat’s tail about your Christian beliefs?


He has even begun saying “You Christians should start rethinking your view toward homosexuality.” Do you really think that such a man as Obama, a man who has demonstrated he is willing to do just about anything to have his way and to make those who disagree with him look really bad, who has demonstrated himslef to be clueless when comes to real live Christianity, is going to hesitate to bring pressure to bear the first chance he gets?  Remeber, according to him, we should accept same sex unions just like marriage because of the Golden Rule.  This is some really deep theology.

I know many of you Black sheeple out there still believe Mr. Obama is a fine, upstanding Christian. Many of you still have not been able to separate his alleged Blackness with his inability or unwillingness to govern or lead this great country. However, I suspect once he starts sending his jack-booted thugs in to go over your sermons, to see what charities you support, to look at your “ministries” (and they had best not find anything that professes to help an individual walk away from the homosexual lifestyle) your view of him may change a trifle. Either that or you will, in effect, walk away from Christianity.

As I’ve said before, the Church invisible in the United States is about to figure out what’s important. That now taxable $55 million church building? It’ll be gone unless you change the way you preach and preach to draw a crowd and not get those who practice the love that used to not name itself upset.  People getting fired from their jobs or refusing to attend re-education classes? We’ll get to see what’s important.

While no one is likely to throw you to the lions, it is likely you will be thrown to the mad and ravenous, and totally unthinking crowd.

Get ready! Get ready! Get ready! I hope Joel Osteen and T. Dexter have prepared you for the troubles to come. And I pray I will be able to stand up to it as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Showboating – No Joke

June 2, 2015

Hi, I am very happy that I found this blog. I’ve been a member of FBCG for just over a year now, and I am disappointed in the Sunday sermons by Pastor Jenkins.

I feel like my spiritual growth isn’t being fueled the way I would like, often times I am distracted by what I would describe as ‘showboating’ jumping around, him veering off and spending too much time on things that have nothing to do with the message or even Christ.

I am personally not going to church to be entertained or to have a laugh when you say “i feel the cussin’ spirit coming on” at this morning’s message he basically complained that someone wrote a letter to express concern about a word he said in his last message that they didn’t like, he spent a whole minute whining that they missed the whole point and just wanted to point out that one word that offended them, so therefore, that must have been the devil, then proceeded to say the word devil more times in the sermon than anything positive or up-lifting.

What am I supposed to learn from a message presented in that manner?
I have been feeling disconnected from his sermons for a while now, hence I decided to do a search online to see if I were the only one who felt that something was not right with this Pastor Jenkins, or maybe I was just asking for too much, It felt good to come across this blog. Thank you.

Ever since the wife fell down the steps and her Multiple Sclerosis started really kicking in, I haven’t had a lot of time for Pulpit-Pimps.org. I have even flirted with the idea of shutting it down. The ubiquitous nature of the internet and the plentitude of postings on Facebook had almost convinced me that I may not be providing all that useful a service any longer.

I thought “If others are performing the same task as me, why not just let them do it? I can always go do something else.”

Then I got the comment comment at the top of the page today.

The writer became a member of First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering (FBCGotK), but was aware enough to recognize that something was wrong.

Apparently, the articles I have written about FBCGotK and John Jenkins provided the nudge the commenter needed to get out of FBCGotK. I commend the writer and I encourage him (or her) to act on their decision as quickly as possible.

In fact, not only do I urge the brother or sister to get out of FBCGotK as quickly as possible, I have a recommendation for them.

You want a pastor that doesn’t showboat. You want a church (and the leaders) who seek to be true to the Word, no matter where it might lead.

The preaching is expository and usually goes through a book verse by verse. We just spent the better part of a year going through Hebrews – line by line. That means the preachers don’t get to ride their favorite hobby horse or fuss at people from the pulpit.

The Bible Studies are intended to help the participant understand the relationship between the Bible and living a Christian life.

The church government is a plurality of Elders. The elders are responsible for a majority of preaching and teaching, church discipline (taking the issues before the church members), and overall care for the members. A transition to that model is still progressing.

One of the things you will not see in a lot of churches is a standard Confession of Faith. While there is the London Baptist Confession of 1689 (my personal favorite), Temple Hills Baptist Church conforms to the shorter New Hampshire Confession. Take a look at it here.

They stand on the infallibility of scripture, the sovereignty of God, the importance of the Trinity, and the requirement to live a holy life through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Are they perfect? No. But Christ doesn’t require we be perfect, only that we obedient and take up our crosses daily. The leadership is willing to do this. As a result, the congregation (most of them) seek to live the same way.

There are several things I like about THBC’s Sunday service.

  1. They don’t have a lot of fluff. The service is songs of praise to God, preaching of the word, and prayer.
  2. They don’t try to get you worked up and emotional. They don’t have to. Focussing on God’s word in preaching, praying, and singing has enough of an effect all by themselves. I hate to say it, but I have had to surreptitiously wipe away a tear or two while singing. (But don’t tell anyone I said that)
  3. The preachers never need a sweat rag. They work hard before Sunday morning. As a result, the Word itself does the heavy lifting.
  4. We don’t have flag waving, liturgical dancers, or performances by the choir.

We have three Elders: Dave Gough, Omar Johnson, and Chris Lawrence. All three are committed to rightly dividing the word, caring for the flock, and honoring the position they have been called to.

If you want to be fed milk (for you new Christians) and meat and not pabulum, then visit this address at 11 o’clock on Sunday morning; 9:30 if you want to check out Sunday School. And Wednesdays at 7:00 for Sunday School.

Temple Hills Baptist Church

4821 St Barnabas Rd, Temple Hills, MD 20748

(301) 894-3358

Tell them Melvin sent you.