Are We the Last Empire?

As we assess the events of the past weeks, I ponder to ask the question in this subject, “Are We the Last Empire.”

As a country, we have been shaken by months of isolation, growing unemployment, fear and uncertainty regarding COVID-19. This was compounded by the murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, GA that were displayed by the media. The spirit of our nation is broken and there is a dire need for healing and some type of proverbial glue to put the pieces back together. While we point the finger to foster freedom and justice to all the world, the other four fingers are now pointed back at us. Our human rights record is becoming an embarrassment on the world stage. The mask worn by the United States is slowly being removed.

Unfortunately, through all this turmoil our President missed a viable opportunity to pull the nation together. Instead, he chose to take a walk across the street for a photo shoot and merely hold a Bible in the air. He then returned to the White House or the bunker and on the following day made an outrageous comment about the economy and referred to George Floyd amid all the chaos.

I feel that as a nation after all the years of being divided the seams on the fabric of the nation we call the United States are slowing coming apart. A seam can only be let out so many times. If you are under 50 years old, you probably can’t relate to what I’m referring to. As a son of the south clothes were never thrown away, they were passed down, if necessary, they would be let out at the seam in the waist or the inseam for a taller or wider child. We have been passing the tread down since slavery, the failed reconstruction, the Black Codes, Jim Crow, separate but equal and the Civil Rights movement of the 60’s. Now the continued expression of white supremacism, police brutality and racial injustice is literally pulling at these seams.

Now our airwaves are filled with the sounds of protest of “Black Lives Matter.” Moreover, these voices echo on the shores of nations around the globe. Billy Graham once said, “America’s greatest sin is that of racism.” I feel we are on the examination table looking into the eyes of the doctor waiting for the final diagnosis of our condition. This is a teachable moment for our country. Will we be the Last Empire?

Regardless of the diagnostics there is a need for healing and reconciliation in our nation. I have traveled to many places around the world and I love my country. There is a sincere need to talk things out, get things out and work things out. Think about it this way. All we want is equality or as the adage goes, “Not a handout, just a hand.”

“To the white person trying to understand sharing your inherent privilege, think of it like this: when someone shorter than you needs to see the stage better at a show, you usually let them stand in front of you, right? You both get to enjoy the show, it’s only a slight inconvenience, and you don’t shrink.”

Together we stand, divided we fall. Let’s rise up from the bed of affliction and conviction to truly be one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.  So, will we be the Last Empire, only God knows?

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The Panic of the Pandemic

The Panic of the Pandemic

It seems that everywhere you turn, every media outlet seems to continually broadcast the gravity of the Corona virus or COVID-19. Amazingly, it takes the fear of a pandemic to convince everyone to wash their hands. Ironically, this is something we should have mastered as children.

We are witnessing an unprecedented sociological event. If you recall, the aftermath of 911 resulted in significant changes to our lifestyle. Life in America was never the same after that day and will never be the same whenever this event has ended. For example, we expect security at the airport, entering various venues, and we constantly told if we see something same something. Now we see cancellation of major sporting events and cities prohibiting large crowds from gathering.

We are seeing people re-frame from large gatherings including church services We could soon end up being captives in our own homes for weeks. No more hugs, kisses, handshakes or even the infamous high fives are soon to be things of the past. These have been replaced by fist bumps and head nods. We are witnessing a new norm.

I have my own beliefs regarding the origins of the virus. Some are even quoting that this is a weaponized form of germ warfare that somehow escaped the laboratory environment. We don’t realize the economic impact yet given there are so many products that come from China. 

While we are praying and trusting God for his divine protection during this time it’s imperative that we take preventative measures given we are in the flesh. Lysol, Clorox and other cleaners are flying off the sleeves. It was okay until there was a run on toilet paper. I returned to the store today to find there was no toilet paper or beer (I don’t drink beer). I find it hard to see any relation between a respiratory virus and these items.

There have been multiple trading stops on Wall Street and the panic of a pandemic can be actually worse than the virus itself. We see the volatility of the markets with this situation. Literally trillions of dollars in value are being loss at the fear of what this virus can do. Once again, the panic can be worse that the pandemic.

What do we do as believers? Don’t succumb to the panic of the pandemic. “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord,” trust in the Lord (not CNN or Fox News) and lean not to your understanding. I believe this scare can lead to a significant move of God. We are seeing and witnessing the slow degradation of our freedoms I believe it is leading to a move of God.

If you are not able to attend your church or services are reduced, support your religious organizations through online giving. The work of the gospel must continue, and your funds are needed to sustain the church. Many of you know me from my knowledge and experience of teaching eschatology or the study of the Last Days. Do I believe we are in the last days? Absolutely!

2 Timothy 3:1 Context

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Jesus said let not your heart be troubled. Moreover, the Word of God implies that we be steadfast unmovable always abounding in the work of the Lord for you know your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Just as a dog’s bark can be louder than its’ bite, the panic of a pandemic can magnify your lack of faith. Remember, God is in control.

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The Coming Spiritual Civil War

The church and Christ followers stand at a crossroads that eventually lead to a divided highway. Our culture has deceived us with various words that sound moral and even spiritual. Today we have a clearly divided left and right when it comes to how people align their beliefs and political alliance.

This may surprise you, but the enemy of the church isn’t primarily aimed at a particular political party or God. In the first place, most of them don’t believe He exists, and even if He does, they wish He would just go away. Others are angry at God because they view the Word of God as intrusive and against their beliefs and lifestyle.

Left-wing activists typically hate committed Christians and the Christian faith for a different set of reasons. It begins with resentment for everything we stand for, especially our belief in immutable standards of right and wrong that are based on biblical truth. This is why we are called the “right.” They despise this belief system because it threatens their godless worldview.

For example, they are universally committed to abortion through nine months of pregnancy. A growing number even want to kill babies born alive after surviving botched abortions. The word infanticide does not even cause them to blush.
They hate conservative Christians who oppose the LGBTQ agenda, and they will fight for it to their last breath. In fact, there is no expression of sexual immorality that they don’t protect and support, regardless of how perverse. That includes unisex bathrooms and locker rooms, and the most horrific forms of pornography and prostitution. Some even hope to legalize pedophilia, if given a chance. And you won’t hear a peep of protest while the most wicked profiteers are making billions of dollars from sex-trafficking. Above all else, the media hates Christians who dare to believe marriage is intended exclusively for a man and a woman.

Despite our attempts to show love and compassion to those with whom we disagree, they consider us to be their mortal enemies. It is also why they miss no opportunity to marginalize, ridicule, threaten, and silence those Christians who take their faith seriously. In this representative form of government, we are all that stand between them and the achievement of their ultimate goal, which is raw political power.

I am sad to say that the mainstream media, the universities, the entertainment industry, gay and lesbian activists, pro-choice zealots, liberal educators, and other leftist constituencies are now just inches away from grasping all they have lusted after. It’s amazing that in such a short time period that small percentage of our population has captured the ear and heart of today’s culture and media.

Well, that is my message. If I have offended some of you, I haven’t intended to be discourteous, but I am compelled to speak the truth in love. But what I have written in this blog is rooted in my understanding of Scripture. Let me quote the words of Jesus written in,

John 15:18-21: If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: “A servant is not greater than his master.” If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will also keep yours. 21 But all these things they will do to you on account of My name, because they do not know Him who sent Me.

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Christians and Halloween

Earlier this year we relocated to the state of Georgia. We thought we were moving back to the Bible belt.; we later learned how wrong we were. Things have changed after being away for nearly thirty years. My new neighborhood is decorated for Halloween as homes are covered with spider webs, yards filled with fake tombstones and lights of orange and yellow. I ask myself what happened!

The name “Halloween” comes from the All Saints Day celebration of the early Christian church, a day set aside for the solemn remembrance of the martyrs. All Hallows Eve, the evening before All Saints Day, began the time of remembrance. “All Hallows Eve” was eventually contracted to “Hallow-e’en,” which became “Halloween.”

As Christianity moved through Europe it collided with indigenous pagan cultures and confronted established customs. Pagan holidays and festivals were so entrenched that new converts found them to be a stumbling block to their faith. To deal with the problem, the organized church would commonly move a distinctively Christian holiday to a spot on the calendar that would directly challenge a pagan holiday. But most often the church only succeeded in “Christianizing” a pagan ritual–the ritual was still pagan but mixed with Christian symbolism.

Some embraced the season of haunting by engaging in occult practices such as divination and communication with the dead. They sought “divine” spirits (demons) and the spirits of their ancestors regarding weather forecasts for the coming year, crop expectations, and even romantic prospects. Bobbing for apples was one practice the pagans used to divine the spiritual world’s “blessings” on a couple’s romance.

For others the focus on death, occultism, divination, and the thought of spirits returning to haunt the living, fueled ignorant superstitions and fears. They believed spirits were earthbound until they received a proper sendoff with treats–possessions, wealth, food, and drink. Spirits who were not suitably “treated” would “trick” those who had neglected them. The fear of haunting only multiplied if that spirit had been offended during its natural lifetime.

Trick-bent spirits were believed to assume grotesque appearances. Some traditions developed, which believed wearing a costume to look like a spirit would fool the wandering spirits. Others believed the spirits could be warded off by carving a grotesque face into a gourd or root vegetable (the Scottish used turnips) and setting a candle inside it–the jack-o-lantern. People need to research the origin of these customs.

Into that dark, superstitious, pagan world, God mercifully shined the light of the gospel. Newly converted Christians armed themselves with the truth and no longer feared a haunting from departed spirits returning to earth. In fact, they denounced their former pagan spiritism in accord with Deuteronomy 18: There shall not be found among you anyone…who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord (vv. 10-13).

Halloween didn’t become an American holiday until the immigration of the working classes from the British Isles in the late nineteenth century. While early immigrants may have believed the superstitious traditions, it was the mischievous aspects of the holiday that attracted American young people. Younger generations borrowed or adapted many customs without reference to their pagan origins.

Hollywood has added to the “fun” a wide assortment of fictional characters–demons, monsters, vampires, werewolves, mummies, and psychopaths. That certainly isn’t improving the American mind, but it sure is making someone a lot of money.

Ultimately, Christian participation in Halloween is a matter of conscience before God. Whatever level of Halloween participation you choose, you must honor God by keeping yourself separate from the world and by showing mercy to those who are perishing.

Halloween provides the Christian with the opportunity to accomplish both of those things in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s a message that is holy, set apart from the world; it’s a message that is the very mercy of a forgiving God. This should not be a day of dressing like a devil or demon or embracing the spirit of death.

So, when you think about, what better time of the year is there to share such a message than Halloween?

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The World We Live In!

Welcome to the world today…..

II Timothy 3: 1-4
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

For many years I’ve preached and taught and even heard many Christian leaders expound that we are living in the last days. This is the world we are living in today explained in these few lines.

We live in a world where sex is free, and love is expensive. Where losing a phone is more painful than losing your virginity.

Where modernization means nudity, profanity, and if you don’t drink/smoke dope you’re out of fashion/style. Where boys stay boys and never want to become men, and girls become men to rule over them.

A world where sexuality is determined by your emotions and psych and not biology. Where the family unit has been decimated by promiscuity and fatherlessness.

A world where the bathrooms have become photography studios. Where pizza delivery is faster than the emergency response. Where people fear the thieves and the terrorists more than God. Where Worshipping God is difficult and serving him is even tougher.

Where disagreement is deemed as hate. Where civility has succumbed to tolerance. Where the ladies fear pregnancy more than HIV., and babies are murdered even after they are born.

Where perspectives, possessions and clothes decide the value of a person. Where money is more important than family and God. Where children are ready to leave their families for their love of the moment, rebellion and spite. Where the marriage covenant is no longer sacred or taken seriously.

Where it’s easier to playhouse than to build a home. Where jumping from partner to partner for sex or attention is easier than waiting for the right partner for life.

Where love is a game and evil no longer exists. Where left is right and right is wrong. Where the blood of Christ and the cross are no longer preached.

Matthew 24:12-13
Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of many will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

There’s still hope in Jesus, it’s not too late! He came that you might have life and that more abundantly. We can be the light in the midst of darkness and hope and love that will cast out all fear.

There is an escape from the lies and peril of this world through the peace of Christ. Look to him today and trust him to be you Lord and Savior. Not just your savior but Lord of your life.

Turn it over to him. His peace passes all understanding.

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I know this is an odd name for a blog but for some of you who don’t know what it means to recalibrate, let me definite.

• to determine, check, or rectify the graduation of (any instrument giving quantitative measurements).
• to divide or mark with gradations, graduations, or other indexes of degree, quantity, etc., as on a thermometer, measuring cup, or the like.
• to determine the correct range for (an artillery gun, mortar, etc.) by observing where the fired projectile hits.
• to plan or devise (something) carefully so as to have a precise use, application, appeal, etc.:

As a retired pastor I’ve had the opportunity in the past months to visit several churches and hear numerous online messages. Moreover, as one who has been in ministry leadership and saved for over 45 years, I’ve noticed there are some distinct differences in the messages being delivered in today’s culture.

Amazingly, culture has slowly advanced into the very fabricate of the church. As we see more Christians today instead of being true witnesses for Christ through their lifestyles, they are virtually silent on many issues. I call it the Silence of the Lambs. There are areas of our culture that have become no go areas.; moreover, a number of sins have become acceptable in Western Christianity.

The average Christian today does not share the same views as those of past generations. Many Christians today literally turn their head to ignore what used to be called sin. unfortunately, sex before marriage is now acceptable, homosexuality is an acceptable lifestyle where many advocate tolerance, drinking alcohol is no longer an issue and abortion is basically a woman’s right and taboo in the pulpit. While there are a remnant of churches that are standing on the wall with the true Word of God; there are far too many that have compromised with the culture.

I came from a generation where divorce was sneered upon. It’s time for the church to return to its’ foundation. We need to recalibrate our spiritual and moral compass to reflect the Word of God and not the world. Remember the Word says, “Love not the World nor the things of this Word.”

1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, 16 because everything that is in the world—the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance of material possessions—is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and its desire, but the one who does the will of God remains ⌊forever⌋.

Pastors and leaders it’s time to develop a Biblical Worldview among Christians so we can properly discern the wiles of the devil as he desires to deceive the church. Check your moral and spiritual compass and stay on the right track toward the will of God and his destiny for your life.

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The Mexican Standoff

As we enter the fifth week of the federal government shutdown, we find ourselves embroiled in what is known as an old-fashioned Mexican standoff. This game of chess and chicken is taking a severe toll on our nation’s economy and over a million Americans.

Call it what you may, our government has basically been nonfunctional for the last three administrations. The welfare of our nation and its citizens has been highjacked by partisan politics. It’s time for egos and pride to be put aside and this stalemate to end.

Now don’t get me wrong my political views are conservative; however, in view of the current crisis civility apparently has left the building. During my last trip to Israel as we approached Jerusalem the first thing, I saw was a wall. The entire Book of Nehemiah in the Bible is dedicated to rebuilding the wall around the city.

Here are just a few reasons our politicians are saying a wall is needed:
• Keep out or thwart illegals, drug traffickers and terrorists
• Save men, women and children from dying in the desert
• Keep men, women and children from falling victim to human traffickers
• Less immigration hearings and court costs (attorneys, etc.)
• Lessen the number of border patrol agents needed
• Help and better protect those agents that continue to patrol the border
• Reduce impact on public safety, welfare and other resources
• Mitigate the fears of many Americans that occur with an open border.

I know we can advocate that there are a number of reasons not to build a wall given  there is always someone who will build a better mouse trap. Moreover, some parts of the border are impractical for a wall to be erected. In recent days there have been tunnels discovered and a wealth of drugs captured at some of our ports of entry

Some consider the cost and how these funds could be better used. If you contemplate the entire budget, $5 billion for the wall is less than one half of a percent. Yes, less than 1% of the entire budget. Moreover, some of this funding is geared to address improvements at our ports of entry and border security personnel. We are fighting over less than 1%.

While a wall may not be practical in all aspects of border security, given the length of our boundaries; a mixture of fences and walls could improve the present status quo. As a nation it is imperative that we have a defined border. Those who advocate open borders must to come to realization that we are not living in the old Ellis Island days where we were expanding as a country and immigration was desired to feed our growing nation and its’ economy. A clear immigration policy could address legal and timely entry into our country.

It’s time to realize that our existing immigration policy (or lack there of ) has been the proverbial can that has been kicked down the road for years with numerous administrations both democratic and republican. It’s incredulous that we are relegated to a government where each legislation, law or bill is voted merely by party lines and the greatest nation and its government in the world is shutdown.

As in the game of chess, our Mexican Standout is basically a stalemate. However, in the game of chess once a stalemate is called both parties reset and start another game. It’s past time for a reset! Our government, its’ workers, their families and all impacted by this shutdown have had enough.  They are waiting for each other to move in this game of chicken while the implications of this action or yet to be felt in the coming weeks and months.

It’s time for congress and the president to get to work so we all can get back to work!

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Let the Kneeing Begin, or End?

Once again, we are faced with the start of the NFL season and the controversy of kneeing for the nation anthem has once again being magnified. To all of you that have responded with your support or disdain for the NFL athletes protest of the national anthem, respectfully they have the right to protest in this manner. Before this blog gets under you skin, I am fully aware of their intent not to disrespect our flag, the military and those who have served our country.

I am a veteran of the protests during the civil rights movement, I was privileged to be part of a small group that desegregated the schools in GA in 1964. I witnessed Dr King during marches as a youth and heard him speak in public. I participated in the marches and protects and even through my college years was beaten by police and arrested for peaceful protests thought I was merely carrying a sign.

For the past years the anthem protest has had a primary goal of bringing awareness of the stain on our nation of social injustice. Unfortunately, the prevailing thought in our culture is that this is a black thing, and these men are spoiled millionaires. Their cry for help has cost them their careers, in many instances, in the prime of their life.

My response is there must be another means of addressing the plight of social and racial injustice in America. Conversely, there has been little dialogue or action to address the existing injustices in our criminal justice system which could take years. As a pastor and social activist, I have engaged leaders on both aspects of the political spectrum. Culture and racial climate cannot be resolve by merely changing laws; it has to come from the heart. America, we need a heart change and a blood transfusion with the Blood of Christ.

Amid the turmoil of the 1960s civil rights struggle there was a strong undercurrent of prayer. That’s right, prayer changes things. We prayed into the night in the churches and meeting places before after days of marching, boycotts and other social action.

There is a part of America that may never understand this struggle and will literally hate and despise these players; many who are out of jobs and losing millions of dollars each year they are not signed. The racial divide is unfortunately getting wider given we too often will merely cut each other off and fail to hear. This reminds me of a line in an old movie, “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”

As one who has traveled the world, I am proud to call America my home and will defend her any day of the week. We have our faults and issues that are embroidered deep in a dark past that we cannot undo. Racism – racial intensively may not be our fault but it is and remains our problem.

My question during this era of protest is how do we measure achievement of the ultimate goal in this endeavor and level of protest. How does success look, and when will the kneeing stop? How do we ascertain when the goal has finally been achieved and equal justice for all is truly guaranteed? Until we can answer this question the protests will continue even amid the existing results of support, racial misunderstanding and even anger.

At the end of the day, who will make the clarion call (to say) rise up from a knee! History proves that to affect social change it requires intervention within our culture through a fruitful dialogue that is both sincere and focused on specific goals and objectives for social justice.

There is hope in Christ to heal our nation, so we all can take a knee or two in prayer and worship to Christ our Lord.

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The Resilience of Racism

Perhaps you are reading this blog just because you noted the title. It appears that the word racism or in some areas racial insensitivity still are alive and well in the twenty first century.

Just a few days ago I heard a man speak words that I had not heard in over fifty years. The sting of those words cut and hurt just as deep as they did then as they did when I first heard them as a teenager.

Yes, if you check the calendar it is 2018; however, the hearts and minds of many have not changed in this country for more than a generation. Laws, policies, candidates cannot change the culture of racism that continues to stain our land. Yes, racism is resilient as long as it is fed and nourished.

As a child of the sixties I witnessed the Vietnam War, the divisiveness of school desegregation, busing along with legislation such as the Voters Rights and Civil Rights laws. Rest assured, one thing we have learned is that we have not learned anything.

The ideology of being superior to another race has continues to be relegated throughout the culture and yes, even the church. Progressive revelation is still needed. Because the ideology of inferiority is embraced by so many both black and white it holds them in bondage. As an African-American pastor I see many instances where my people will follow and join majority white congregations, but it is still rare for whites to have a black pastor.

So, you ask the question what the answer for America’s woes is. To address this scenario let’s go back a generation. I was reminded that I was mentally inferior to any white person as a youth. As part of a small group to desegregate schools in Georgia in 1965 I was reminded that the smartest black person was only on the level of a trained animal. Shockingly this was what they believed and who many whites were raised and instructed by their parents. As we prepared for school desegregation only a few handpicked young people were selected to undergo rigorous training to catch up with two years of academic inferiority that was part of the system of Jim Crow.

I recall going into the room on the first day of class and sitting in the last chair. My first grade from an examination was a B-; this was the lowest grade I had ever send in my lifetime up to this point. My classmates were stunned and could not believe I scored higher than them. It was as though their entire paradigm and worldview of the American negro was scattered. Moreover, when I attempted to join the chess club they questioned if I knew the pieces. Little did they know I learned to play chess at the age of eight and had never lost a match in years. I learned from playing with the old masters who literally beat me for years. They taught me how to play three moves ahead of my opponent.

This was over fifty years ago! The laws and times have changed but the people and our culture are still trapped in a web of prejudice and hate. We refuse to move forward and consequently mindsets and ideologies never progress. My answer to this dilemma and the woes of our culture is for people to come together with the love of Christ.

I am reminded of the Word of God; how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. It’s amazing to me that all the years we claimed to be a Christian nation, yet we refused to walk in the true love of God and obedience to his Word.
This is how the world will know we are his disciples indeed, by our love for one another.

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Acting like the Book of Acts

I recently had the opportunity to view the movie, “Paul Apostle of Christ.”

I must admit my spirit was truly touched by this movie. Today’s culture and the church have forgotten and failed to realize the many sacrifices of the early church. We have become individualized and embrace a service more than a relationship. “That I may know him, in the power of his resurrection, the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.”

Not since the movie, The Passion of Christ, have I been so moved in such a setting as I recently viewed the movie. Too often we forget about the aftermath of the Resurrection and the plight of the early church. There were struggles but internally and externally. There was oppression from the Roman government with Nero and the Jews as Christians were hunted down, used as human candles to light the streets of Roman and fed to the Lions.

The early church was not perfect by any means, as the church today is experiencing similar issues regarding our relationship to our culture and impact to society. Despite the persecution and suffering they remained relevant and committed to spreading the gospel.

They were ostracized by the society of the day and relegated to ministering in the trenches; hidden away, feeding the poor and widows even when they had little themselves. This is the real church, these were the true Christians who exhibited and demonstrated the love of Christ and one another. It exemplifies what Jesus said, this is how you will know my disciples for their love one for another.

This brings me to today. As a Bishop and one who has labored in the field for over 43 years I see a people focused solely on their spiritual journey and development with no desire to serve, witness, speak out or take any type of stand against sin. I see a church that has become a sub-culture that fights from within and looks to the next service or emotional experience as we take our seats in comfort as the world goes to hell.

Beloved, it’s time for the church to be the church and not merely a building we attend on Sunday mornings. The church of ACTS was a discipled movement. Let’s move from our pews to bring the gospel to every creature as Jesus commanded us.

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