As a Born Again Christian, Son, Husband, Father, Church member, Church leader and as an Ordained Pastor and Minister of the Word of God I have observed Pastors, Church leaders and congregations forsake many of the fundamental principles of the Word of God that enabled the local Church to be a sanctuary for worship, fellowship, discipleship and refuge. For over 2,000 years the Church struggled. Through obedience to the Word of God she struggled, grew, prospered and enjoyed the blessings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Throughout my youth and for most of the years Mary and I were raising our sons (we were married in 1964), nuclear families were strong, our communities were very safe and our nation was strong, safe and enjoyed unprecedented blessings from the Lord.
Please consider the following trends:
1. Please contrast the historical Christian family with today's Christian families.
*Today, divorce is preferred to permanency and
stability, even in our churches. Among Christians,
Please contrast the historical Fundamental Christian
Church with today's Fundamental
*Our Churches were growing spiritually and
number of years ago I was asked to be a guest minister at a very large [2,000+
After the morning message I found out why the Lord gave me that message.
Their previous Pastor
3. Please contrast our past communities with today's local communities.
*Today our schools have armed guards, metal
detectors and sophisticated protective devices at the
Please contrast our nation's leadership and society's
moral fiber with our present leadership
Obama and his position concerning abortion and homosexual unions!!
5. Please contrast today's reality. In our region we were told that crime is on the decline. Really?
*The use of guns by teenage boys has doubled since
Folks, I graduated from High School, attended college, married and began raising our family during the tumultuous 60's.
What the Word of God declares to be "adultery," (Romans 7:1-4; Matthew 5:32; Mark 10:7-12; Luke 16:18) our society, government and liberal Pastors have termed "remarriage," "2nd. time around marriages" and "blended families".
What the Word of God declares to be "fornication" and "adultery" (1 Corinthians 7:1-2), folks living and sleeping together without the vows of marriage, our society, government and Pastors have renamed "trial marriages," "common law marriages" and "alternative life styles". When the elderly live this way, our society, government and Pastors term them as "avoiding taxes living arrangements" and / or "protecting their benefits" living arrangements.
What the Word of God declares to be "murder," (Matthew 5:21-22; Exodus 20:13) our society, our government and our Pastors have renamed "BIRTH CONTROL," "FAMILY PLANNING" and "ABORTION." The person that kills a 9-month old baby outside of the womb is a "MURDERER"! The people [plural] that kill a 9-month old baby within the womb are called a mother exercising "CHOICE" and a Doctor performing a "LATE TERM ABORTION." A previous Presidential candidate who supported a "woman's right to choose" declared himself to be a "Born Again Southern Baptist Christian." And, our present 2009 President who supports a "woman's choice" and would deny physician assisted medical care for a baby who survived an abortion says he's a "practicing Christian"!! A person will go to jail longer for killing a "Bald Eagle" or some other protected animal than for killing another human. In Jefferson County, Colorado, two ladies killed a defenseless little girl by suffocating her in blankets and only received 16 years in jail and a drunk driver in North Carolina who killed a pedestrian was only sentenced to 27 months in jail.
A nationally syndicated radio personality went on public record by saying "we treat our animals like children and our children like animals".
All of the above mentioned terms, i.e., "remarriage," "2nd. time around marriages," "blended families, "BIRTH CONTROL;" "FAMILY PLANNING;" "ABORTION;" "trial marriages," "common law marriages," "alternative life styles," "avoiding taxes" and / or "protecting their benefits" living arrangements" are nice, neat, polite, politically correct, non-offensive descriptions and sermon titles. That is all that they amount to!! These are only a few of our 21st. Century problems. God's Word is very clear about all of the above mentioned sins.
It is also true that many of God's very best men are being told that their doctrinal positions are true and accurate to the Word of God. Their resumes are without question. And, they are told they will not find a Church that will welcome them as their Pastor or as a member of their Church because
"THEY WILL NOT COMPROMISE
Our Churches are declining, closing and our families are disintegrating at an alarming rate. Obedience to the Word of God is our only solution:
Notice that the Lord did not say that education, government, social reform, unions, religious organizations and / or religious zeal were the answers to our local, regional, state or national problems. The solution will come when His own children (the Israelites of the Old Testament), the Born Again Christians of the New Testament Church age, decide to get serious about sin, confess their sins, repent from their sins and walk in the newness of life that we have been ordained to live. [Romans chapter 6]
I believe that our world is
asking the same question that Pontius Pilate asked Jesus Christ over 2000 years
ago," What is truth?"
Will you help by renewing your personal commitment to Jesus Christ and His word; Jesus Christ and your personal walk; Jesus Christ and your commitments to your wife, husband (your wedding vows), your family, friends, associates, business ethics, social ethics -- your entire walk and witness for Jesus Christ?
Are you and I willing to make a personal -- life long commitment to serve Jesus Christ in such a way that when He returns to rapture His Church, we will not be shamed at His coming?
What is our answer?
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Please be advised, Rev. Robert J. Kuiphoff is an Ordained Minister of the Word of God and is not a licensed or trained Attorney, Psychologist, Psychiatrist or Medical Practitioner or Physician. Any and all counsel, suggestions and / or advice derived from www.goldenfaithbiblechurch.org or via email, telephone or personal conversations with Rev. Robert J. Kuiphoff is based solely upon Rev. Robert J. Kuiphoff's personal convictions concerning the Word of God; his personal interpretation of the Word of God and his lengthy experience counseling and advising men, women and children concerning the Christian Life and daily walk in the world that we all live in from the Word of God and / or his personal observations and experiences.