A Mist in the Pulpit 0

It has been said, “If there is a mist in the pulpit, there will be a fog in the pew.” One of the primary teachings in the postmodern church is that Scripture is fluid and must be interpreted in accordance with current culture. The influence of the postmodern pastor and writer over the last twenty years has caused many to question doctrine. Inerrancy of Scripture is taking a hit in the church today.

The implications of this attack on doctrine is staggering. If Scripture is unreliable or changes with the times, can we offer the world a reliable gospel? If Scripture is wrong on even one point, then the confidence of the entire Word of God is destroyed. If the Bible is unreliable, then how can we have a reliable Savior? If preachers no longer have confidence in the reliability of Scripture, then they will turn to humanistic principles to guide them. If Scripture is inaccurate, then our Bible schools will have to rely on the cold, dead, stinking-thinking of theological liberalism to teach future generations. If Scripture is God’s revelation to man, then to question its inerrancy is to imply that God has allowed His people to be deceived for centuries.

If we allow a mist in the pulpit, then we bring about our own destruction as a church. To allow liberal minded people a place in our educational institutions will destroy young minds. If we allow the attacks on doctrine and the inerrancy of Scripture to continue then we risk losing the anointing of the Holy Spirit and protection of God’s hand.

God has given us His inspired, inerrant and infallible Word. We must now stand with a prophetic voice and speak with authority and boldness His truth.

1 Peter 4:11
11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone serves, let him serve with the strength that God supplies, so that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
MEV

Hello From The Wind Family 0

Hi Pastor John and ALNC family,

Well, it’s been six months since we said goodbye and headed east over the mountains to Quincy, WA. Where’s Quincy? Get a map of Washington State and put your finger dead center. There we are. And talk about a culture shock, no traffic, less people, strangers saying hello and more sunshine. All of this was very foreign to us. But, knowing that God has our back and is guiding us forward, we are having a good time out here in the high desert.

Ya’ll have been heavy on our hearts the past few weeks so I believed it, in our Lord’s perfect timing, to be a good opportunity to drop you a line of encouragement. Even though we miss each and every one of you, it is always heart warming to see you all on Facebook and see the things God is doing in your lives and at the church. And what makes the missing subside? Is knowing we will all be together one beautiful day, playing in the streets of gold. Just the other day Ben and I were discussing recently how fun it would be jumping from golden rooftop to golden rooftop, with gold Nerf guns, shooting gold bullets that can’t hurt you, at each other. Oh, the wonderful mind of a young man. What a glorious time that will be!

Back to the encouragement.

God is doing amazing things over here in Quincy. Though the congregation is small, the heart of this church is big. And like you, a family. Doing events around the community, helping each other out, studying the Word together and fellowshipping with one another. Sounds familiar doesn’t it!?

Cathie and the kids are great. We are settling into a new house which is keeping us busy. Caitlyn is attending college and starting to drive. Really! Benjamin is loving the warmer temperatures, you should see his tan. Our cat, Simba, is loving the heat as well, even with all that fur. Cathie and I are attending adult groups as well as Bible studies at the church. and, as many of you know I took over as a manager of a data center out here. 259 people that I take care, that I have targeted for Jesus! LOL. God is amazing people. What an opportunity to reap a harvest for His glory. I am thankful to Him daily that I have such a great chance to be a light where there is so much darkness. God, give me Your wisdom and strength.

Times are changing folks. The enemy is pressing hard to get, not only the world but fellow Christians, to believe this great deception that if we approve our sinful actions that God will approve. Remember the Garden in Genesis 3. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and not only did God cast them out of the Garden, but He cursed them as well. God can’t be around sin. God is good. This past year our nations culture has made a dramatic shift of acceptance, and not for the good. At least in the short term. You see, each one of us serves a God, who I like to describe, is “to big!” God has everything in control, and we must stay faithful to Him, as He remains faithful to us. Remember Romans 8:28 – God causes all things to work for the good. For Your Glory Lord!

And lastly, we want to thank you. The time we were privileged to be a part of your family is forever branded on our minds and our hearts. We appreciate each one of you who was there to mentor us, to disciple us, to learn from us, to cry with us, to laugh with us, to play with us , to study with us, to worship with us, to pray with us, to fellowship with us and to be a family with us. Thank you so much. Don’t you ever think that you are not impacting others, if you are at church, you are impacting others, this I know from experience. Keep loving each other, we all need it now more than ever. And if you could spare a few minutes, drop a quick prayer for us.

As we love and miss you, giving each of you hugs,

Michael, Cathie, Caitlyn and Ben

P.S. We have an extra room if anyone ever wants to stop in and say hello.

Brokenhearted 0

After the tragedy yesterday in Orlando I sit at my computer truly brokenhearted that 49 America citizens were murdered at the hands of terrorism. As a Christ follower we should be praying for the families who lost their love ones to this cowardly act. My greatest grief is over the fact that since this terrible act happened at a gay nightclub; there are lost souls in hell today.

I made this comment last night at our Sunday night service and a person who was attending took exception that just because a person is homosexual they would not make heaven. I tried to explain that a practicing homosexual cannot go to heaven.

The easy thing to do in this postmodern age, where biblical doctrine and concepts are watered down, is to side step the difficult issues instead of facing them head on. Yet, as Christ followers the Bible was given to us so that we would have the biblical foundation to live righteous and holy lives in order to show God’s glory to the whole earth. We must confront sin with the truth of Scripture and the love of the Lord Jesus Christ.

So the question is, “can a person who says they are a gay Christian get into heaven while practicing this lifestyle?” The simple answer to this question is no.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

MEV

I do not make this statement with glee or some kind of satisfaction, I say it completely brokenhearted and with great sadness. No true Christian hates the homosexual or any other person who is separated from God because of their sinful lifestyle. A Christ follower is not a hater, or bigoted, but desires to see the perishing rescued from the pits of hell.

I believe any person who claims to be saved, but is unrepentant, unregenerate, rebellious, and continues to live a willful sinful lifestyle is not saved; but lost. Now if a person says they are saved, but struggles with sin in their lives, is convicted by their sin, comes before God with a repentant heart and desires to walk in the spirit; God is faithful and just to forgive them of their sins and cleanse them from all unrighteousness!

So here is the Good News, God has provided a way of escape for all sinners. God desires that everyone make heaven and so He sent Jesus Christ.  Will you receive Him today and turn from your wicked ways?

Admit you are a sinner. “There is no one righteous, not even one … for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:10,23. (See Romans 5:8; 6:23.)

Ask God’s forgiveness. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13

Believe in Jesus. (put your trust in Him) as your only hope of salvation. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (See John 14:6.)

Become a child of God by receiving Christ. “To all who receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12 (See Revelation 3:20.)

Confess that Jesus is your Lord. “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 (See verse 10.)