Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Fall or An Unveiling?

Haggard - Wasted, Pallid, Ghastly

Haggard: not tamed; wild in appearance, having a worn or emaciated appearance. Synonyms - wasted, pallid, ghastly

Wasted: Laid waste, ravaged; unprofitably used, made, or expended; intoxicated from drugs or alcohol

Pallid: Spiritless; lacking signs of life

Ghastly: Having a death-like quality; resembling a ghost ; shockingly frightful or dreadful

I often find the ironies in life interesting. One example of this is the name of the pruported evangelical pastor Ted Haggard (believe me, I almost choke in even typing this title). It is sort of like Creflo having the last name "Dollar". Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor?

Well, the truth is that there is not one thing funny about this situation with Haggard. He has admitted to some extremely shameful and destructive acts while practicing his ministry. However, what is even more disturbing is how the "church" had lifted this man up to a place of leadership, prominence, and pastoring.

Friday, January 23, 2009

How Humanism Dehumanizes

In Lockstep with The Beast

"And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns." Revelation 17:1-3

In Revelation, John receives an angelic vision about the end time judgment of the great whore who is seen riding a red-colored beast. It is widely understood that the whore and beast symbolize the harlot church and world governmental systems respectively. Yet there is also a spiritual significance that gives us insight into the condition of man in these end times.

In the beginning and on the sixth day, God created man and set Adam to have dominion over the earth under the leadership of God's Spirit. Eve (Chavvah, meaning life) was created to be a help unto Adam; a life giver both in the sense of her nurturing nature as well as in a literal sense in bringing forth life into the earth.

We know that Eve was eventually deceived by Satan and that she brought Adam into this deception as well. What was the crux of Satan's persuasion? You shall be a god, knowing good and evil for yourselves. They could do away with God and be the master of their own domains; deciding for themselves their own destiny and morality. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Getting Crunk for Christ

Strange Fire

Well, this is certainly good news for the church. All across the United States, our young people are giving Glory to the Most High as they "Crunk" it up for Christ. In fact, many churches have set-up Christian Youth "Crunk" Ministries to encourage our children in this awesome move of God. If you haven't seen it, then you sure have missed out as our young people's bodies twitch, convulse, and jerk to music. It is like watching a Holy Spirit-inspired Epileptic fit!

A few of these insane asylums....oops, I mean "churches" have the following to say:

"Crunk 4 Christ is to have an uncontrollable enthusiastic praise for Christ that demands a response of his power and Glory. Crunk 4 Christ (known as C4C) is a youth outreach project...[it] serves as a venue for unconventional methods of praise and worship promoted by Youth and Young Adults. "

Even Catholics are getting Crunk, "Speaking to a radio audience every Monday on Q100-FM, he [Father Ricardo Bailey] is known as Father Crunk, a play on the urban term for high energy hip-hop and high-energy people. “Do you have any idea what ‘revive’ means?” he asked the audience. “Revive, my dear friends in Christ, … means get crunk with Jesus.”"\

The Fire House's (appropriately named) dance ministry mission is, "To Preach the Gospel through DANCE and Win Souls to Christ. Also, mentor the youth and let them know you can still get crunk and dance for the LORD."

Can we still get crunk and dance for the Lord? Does the Bible indicate that we can offer whatever we want to the Lord and He will just accept it?