I Am Outraged!!!

My Christian Brothers and Sisters,

This post is addressed to all who call themselves Christians. It is not meant for non-believers, as they are not held to the same level of accountability that we, the men and women of God, are. I’ve already written one post here on WordPress and one on Facebook regarding the election, and I truly intended to let it go after that, and let the chips fall where they may, so to speak, until this evening, when I viewed a YouTube video posted by Kay Arthur of Precept Ministries. While viewing this video, I felt my blood begin to boil and my blood pressure begin to rise, and though I tried to keep silent, I find that I CANNOT, because the Word of the Lord truly does burn in me like a fire shut up in my bones! Just listen to this war cry:

Now, maybe you’re wondering why I’m all worked up about this, because after all, Ms. Arthur is simply urging voters to vote for biblical values. But that is not all that is going on here! Without specifically saying so, because that could cost her ministry their tax exempt status, what Kay Arthur is doing is using her influence as a respected woman of God to scare Evangelical Christians and steer them to vote for the candidate that stands for “Biblical Values.”

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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now, of course, everyone knows without question that Barack Obama, while claiming to be a Christian, has legislated for gay rights, abortion rights and has not taken a stand for Israel in the last 4 years – even going so far as encouraging them to divide their land. Therefore, there’s no question in any Christian’s mind that Barack Obama does not stand for “Biblical Values.”

And as a Spirit-filled Bible believing Christian, I’m not going to argue against the truth. The truth is that abortion is the murder of innocent lives, no matter how anyone tries to paint it. The truth is that God does call homosexuality a sin… indeed, He does call it an abomination. And Scripture makes it clear how God feels about Israel and about Israel’s enemies.  For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye” (Zechariah 2:8 NKJV). Also, please note, that when the Lord gave the land of Israel to Abram (who later became Abraham), He said, “I am going to give all this land to you and your offspring as a permanent possession” (Genesis 13:15 NLT). So, there we have it. President Obama most definitely has not stood for “Biblical Values” during the last 4 years of his presidency. And yet, many of my African-American brothers and sisters in the Lord will choose to vote for him because they believe that he is the lesser of two evils.

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Mitt Romney (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, that brings us to Mitt Romney, the other candidate for the office of President of the United States of America. And brothers and sisters, you’re about to see why my blood is boiling! Because President Barack Obama so clearly does not stand for “Biblical Values,” Mitt Romney is presented as a man of great faith and “Biblical Values” by many Christian Evangelical leaders, who use their influence to sway ordinary men and women, like you and me to vote for this candidate.

We have such great influential leaders as Rev. Billy Graham, Kay Arthur, Pat Robertson, James Dobson, Gary Bauer and John Hagee to name a few, encourage their followers to vote for “Biblical Values,” then make it clear that the democratic party does not stand on “Biblical Values.” Really? And does the Republican Candidate, who is a high priest in the Mormon religion, stand on “Biblical Values”? Since when did it become biblical to serve any other god besides the true and living God? “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:2-3 NKJV). 

Did you know that the Billy Graham Association removed Mormons from its list of cults on their website? Did they suddenly decide that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is no longer a cult, but Christian? And how did they determine this? Is winning this election more important than men’s eternal destiny? Is it better to mislead men and women who may not be as versed in Scripture as they are, for the sake of getting the right man in office? Do they… do YOU honestly believe that a politician can save this country from its current downward spiral into moral decadence?

These men and women call themselves men and women of God, but they have become more like Pharisees! They are selling the souls of men and women for political power and clout. They are trying to not only control the political leaders of this country, but you and me as well! Maybe they do  have good intentions, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Church, this is what it comes down to. Are you going to believe the Word of God and stand on it? Or are you going to believe the word of men and women who claim to be of God, but speak falsely? I want to be true to the Lord. I want to honor Him, therefore, I want to pose some questions to you, and let you decide for yourself.

Do you believe that God approves of the abortion laws that allow more than 4500 unborn babies to be killed every day? Do you believe that God would rather see millions of souls eternally lost because our Christian leaders endorsed a false religion? Charles Spurgeon, a man of God from another era said it well, and I fully concur with him, “Of two evils, choose neither.” 

And look at the division between the black church and the white church! Surely this isn’t of God! We are brothers and sisters in the Lord, and certainly we can all agree that neither candidate is of God. There shouldn’t be any division within the church about this, either among races or age groups.

Brothers and sisters, I’m not suggesting that you don’t vote. In case you aren’t aware of it, we have the right to write in the name of the one we want to lead us. Therefore, if neither of the candidates that are presented to us are worthy of our votes, why should we compromise ourselves and our faith for the sake of winning this election?

I want you to know that I have long admired Kay Arthur for her wise biblical teaching, as well as Dr. James Dobson, and the other Christian leaders listed above. But when I see them taking an unholy stand in the name of Jesus Christ, my blood boils and I have to speak the truth, even at the risk of offending you, because I truly do love the Lord and I love you, His people, my brothers and sisters, and I hate people to take advantage of those that I love.

The only way that this nation can be saved from its current moral decline is to do as the Lord commanded in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “Then if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land (NLT). If these men and women of God truly believe the Word of God, then these are the instructions they should be giving, because the truth is the USA is becoming more and more wicked, and the election of either one of these political candidates is not enough to stop the decline, nor is it enough to stay God’s hand of judgment on this land. Brothers and sisters, our only hope is if we will humble ourselves and pray as the Lord commands.

In conclusion, I urge you to remember that it is not God’s will for us to choose the lesser of the two evils. Evil is EVIL. Therefore, it is good to end with Charles Spurgeon’s quote once more, “Of two evils, choose neither.” 

© 2012
Cheryl A. Showers

Mad Crazy Love Revelation

Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to have all of you, to sift you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to Me again, strengthen and build up your brothers.”

Peter said, “Lord, I am ready to go to prison with You, and even to die with You.” But Jesus said, “Peter, let Me tell you something. The rooster will not crow tomorrow morning until you have denied three times that you even know Me” (Luke 22:31-34 NLT).

Tonight at Bible Study, the Lord gave me another revelation of His mad, crazy love for us, and I just had to write it down while it was still fresh in my spirit. I know the Scripture above doesn’t say one word about love, but isn’t that just like the Lord? He loves us in what is spoken and in what is unspoken. Let’s examine this text together, and see if He reveals His great love to you too.

Jesus and the disciples were sharing the Passover Meal at what we’ve come to call the Last Supper. Jesus has just finished washing everyone’s feet – even Peter’s, though as we all know, He didn’t do it without an argument from Peter.

When He came to Simon Peter, Peter said to Him, “Lord, why are you going to wash my feet?”

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Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now why I am doing it; someday you will.”

“No,” Peter protested, “You will never wash my feet!”

Jesus replied, “But if I don’t wash you, you won’t belong to Me.”

Simon Peter exclaimed, Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!”

Jesus replied, A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you are clean, but that isn’t true of everyone here” (John 13:6-10).

Now, I have to be honest. If was Jesus (aren’t you glad I’m not?), I would have punched Peter right in the mouth for arguing with me. You see, here was Jesus, on the very night He was going to be betrayed, arrested and crucified the next day, and Peter wanted to argue when Jesus was demonstrating His great love for him.

You see, Jesus knew what was going to happen to Him. He already knew that He would be betrayed and who would do it, and yet He even washed His betrayer’s feet! And understand this – He didn’t out Judas in front of the other disciples, who would have surely killed him on the spot in order to stop him. I feel certain that Peter would have killed him. No, Jesus did something powerful and amazing. He got on His hands and His knees… are you picturing the magnitude of this?… and He washed His betrayer’s feet, lovingly, gently, carefully, kindly! Are you beginning to get the revelation of His crazy love?

And then He comes to Peter, who wants to argue with Him… Now in Peter’s defense, he really thought he was being humble and righteous, and the truth is, I can relate to that. You see, sometimes I think I’m doing the right things for the right reasons, only to have the Lord reveal what is really in my heart.  The heart is more deceitful than anything else and mortally sick. Who can fathom it? I, ADONAI, search the heart; I test inner motivations; in order to give to everyone what his actions and conduct deserve” (Jeremiah 17:9-10 CJB). 

So Jesus, knowing that it isn’t humility that Peter is espousing, but pride, gently holds his foot and looks into his eyes and says, But if I don’t wash you, you won’t belong to Me.” I can almost hear the gentle sound of His voice as He lovingly speaks to Peter. I can almost see the look in His eyes.

I can imagine how Peter’s deceitful heart must have pounded as Jesus looked at him and spoke to him, as he suddenly realized how desperately he needed Jesus to wash him. I feel certain that I would have responded just like Peter, Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!” Haven’t you ever felt that desperation? That need to be cleansed? Haven’t you ever been astonished and dismayed at the filth within you? I know I have.

And then, here comes that mad, crazy love again as Jesus says to Peter, A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you are clean, but that isn’t true of everyone here.” No anger or irritation over Peter’s argumentative ways. I imagine there was a smile – even laughter in His countenance as He responded to Peter, who really did love Him. 

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Then at the proper time Jesus and the twelve apostles sat down together at the table. Jesus said, I have looked forward to this hour with deep longing, anxious to eat this Passover meal with you before My suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat it again until it comes to fulfillment in the Kingdom of God” (Luke 22:14-16 NLT). 

I can almost see Him looking intently, lovingly at each disciple, memorizing their faces, because after tonight, He wouldn’t see them again until after His resurrection. I can picture Him looking at each one, loving him, praying for him, because He knew what each one would need to get past the heartache that was soon to come. As His gaze fell on Peter, He knew that Peter would soon deny Him, not once but three times, and that not one of the disciples would stand by Him when He needed them. But still, he looks at them and loves them and prays for them, and He continues to impart His love and His wisdom into them throughout the meal.

And as the meal progresses, He looks again at Peter. Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to have all of you, to sift you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to Me again, strengthen and build up your brothers.” I can just see His eyes piercing into Peter’s eyes and I can imagine how uncomfortable Peter felt, as all other eyes turned to look too, none of them understanding what Jesus was trying to impart to them, and yet all of them sensed the seriousness of the moment.

And Peter, perhaps feeling awkward and uncomfortable, not understanding Messiah and certainly not understanding what Yeshua was really saying to him, replied,  Lord, I am ready to go to prison with You, and even to die with You.” Bless his heart! He was so foolish and so confused about what was happening, and his own heart had deceived him. The heart is more deceitful than anything else and mortally sick. Who can fathom it?” (Jeremiah 17:9 CJB)

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Jesus knew what was in Peter’s heart better than Peter did because, “I, ADONAI, search the heart; I test inner motivations; in order to give to everyone what his actions and conduct deserve” (Jeremiah 17:10 CJB). Therefore, Jesus gently spoke to him, Peter, let Me tell you something. The rooster will not crow tomorrow morning until you have denied three times that you even know Me.” 

There was no bitterness in His words, no anger – only love… mad, crazy love… the kind of love that can’t be measured… the kind of love that knew before the foundations of the world were laid, that this beloved disciple would deny Him and turn his back on Him, yet He still chose to create him… He still chose him to build His church… This mad, crazy love led Jesus to pray for Peter so that his faith would not fail, and after he repented of his sin and turned to Jesus once more, he was given the responsibility of strengthening the others!

Do you see what I mean about mad, crazy love? Peter, who right then, (aside from Judas who never really belonged to Christ) was the weakest link in the chain, but Jesus wanted him to strengthen the others! He trusted Peter to do this, because He loved him and He prayed for him…

Brothers and sisters, this is a message for all believers, not for the unbelievers… Do you know that right now, Jesus is praying for you? You see, He knows every dirty detail of your life and of mine. He knows every denial we made against Him, every lie we uttered in His name, every time we were offended by Him, and yet He still loves you… He still loves me with a mad, crazy love and He prays for us… Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25 NKJV). 

Brothers and sisters in Christ, this is the mad, crazy love revelation the Lord gave me tonight… He loves YOU and He loves ME with the same mad, crazy love He loved Peter with, even though He knows the wickedness and sickness inside of our hearts… and I am eternally grateful for that mad, crazy love!

© 2012
Cheryl A. Showers

Words of Jesus – … But I Say, If You Are Angry With Someone You Are Subject to Judgment…

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“You have heard that the Law of Moses says, ‘Do not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the high council. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell” (Matthew 5:21-22 NLT).

Wow… Many people think they’ve never broken the 6th commandment, but Jesus makes it clear that when we’re angry with someone… if we call someone an idiot… or if we curse someone, we’ve killed them in our hearts and we’re in danger of the fires of hell. Imagine that! Could it be that some of us are in danger of the fires of hell? Could it be that the very people who seem to have it all together and have fooled the rest of us are actually murderers?

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O God, I’m not looking or pointing at anyone but me! You know my heart – it’s desperately wicked and it has led me astray so many times. Could it be that I, in my self-righteousness have murdered the very people You were calling? 

In my own bitterness, anger and pain, can it be that I’ve killed people along the way? My Lord, I know the answer to that question! In my heart, I’ve murdered many people. I’ve called them idiots.. The truth is, I’ve called them worse than idiots! 

Forgive me, Lord, for all of the people who I’ve condemned in my life. Forgive me for feeling justified in condemning them. Forgive me for not trusting You to avenge me, and for seeking my own form of revenge in the guise of “justice.”

O God, You said that if I confess my sins to You, that You will be faithful and just to forgive me and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Thank You Lord for loving me, a murderer at heart. Thank You for changing my heart of stone and giving me a heart of flesh! Thank You for Your mercy!

In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

© 2012
Cheryl A. Showers

Words of Jesus – I Did Not Come to Abolish the Law of Moses

“Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the Law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to fulfill them. I assure you, until heaven and earth disappear, even the smallest detail of God’s Law will remain until its purpose is achieved. So if you break the smallest commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s Laws and teaches them will be great in the Kingdom of Heaven. But I warn you — unless you obey God better than the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees do, you can’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven at all!” (Matthew 5:17-20 NLT)

Moses with the Tables of the Law
Moses with the Tables of the Law (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is for everyone who quotes the Apostle Paul when he said,  “All things are lawful unto me…” 

Let’s get this straight… First of all, it really irritates me when people quote scripture out of context… Many Christians quote the Apostle Paul and use this to justify their sin. I like to look at the whole scripture in its context, so that we have an accurate understanding of what Paul was saying… I also like the New Living Translation, because this translation clearly expresses what Paul was saying in his letter to the Corinthians…

Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers — none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God. There was a time when some of you were just like that, but now your sins have been washed away, and you have been set apart for God. You have been made right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you. You may say, “I am allowed to do anything.” But I reply, “Not everything is good for you.” And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything (1 Corinthians 6:9-12 NLT).

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Do you see? Just because we can do something, doesn’t mean that we should. Paul makes it very clear that those who live in sin will have no part in the Kingdom of God. It’s the same when people try to excuse their sin by saying, “I don’t live under the Law – that was for the Old Covenant. I live under the New Covenant.”

To be sure, we don’t live under the Old Covenant. As a matter of fact, for those of us who are Gentiles who have been grafted in, we are not bound by many of the Old Testament laws… But, it’s important for us to understand that this doesn’t mean that we’re lawless. Jesus didn’t come to break the Law. He didn’t come to end the Law. “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the Law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to fulfill them. I assure you, until heaven and earth disappear, even the smallest detail of God’s Law will remain until its purpose is achieved. So if you break the smallest commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s Laws and teaches them will be great in the Kingdom of Heaven. But I warn you — unless you obey God better than the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees do, you can’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven at all!” (Matthew 5:17-20 NLT)

Look what Jesus is saying. He said He didn’t come to do away with the Law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. Jesus said He came to fulfill them, and that even the smallest detail of God’s Law will remain until its purpose is achieved… Further, He gives us a warning that unless we obey God better than the teachers of the law and the Pharisees did, we won’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven at all!

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That makes it pretty clear, doesn’t it? So, like the teacher of religious law, our next question should be, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is the One and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these” (Mark 12:28b-31 NLT).

The most important command is to love the Lord my God with all of my heart. That means with every beat of my heart, I am to love Him. I am to love Him with all of my soul – every one of my emotions must adore Him. I must love Him with all of my mind – as I meditate on His attributes, I can’t help but love Him. And I am to love Him with all of my strength. That means that my body is not my own any longer to do with as I please. Rather, I give my body in love to Him, so that every move I make, every breath I take, is an expression of love to my Savior!

Jesus said that the second greatest command was equally important. I must love my neighbor – anyone I come in contact with – as myself. I must treat my neighbor with love and respect, regardless of how they treat me. If I want to be forgiven, and I do, then I must forgive my neighbor… my father, my mother, my enemies…

By obeying these two commands, I am obeying the 10 Commandmentsthe Law of Moses. 

Lord, help me to obey Your commands. Let me love as You love, forgive as You forgive. Lord, increase my love for You and let me be a woman after Your own heart. In Jesus’ mighty, holy name I pray. Amen

© 2012

Cheryl A. Showers

Words of Jesus – You Are the Light of the World

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16 NLT).

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I love this scripture! It made me think of the old Newsboys song, Shine and you know I just had to post that! 🙂

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Light of the World (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t you just love the Lord and His word? Just think about what He’s saying here. The Light of the world is telling us that we are the light of the world! How about that? Did you ever think of it that way before? I’ve read this Scripture many times, but tonight, He just spoke that to my heart… The Light calls us the light…

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into His family — calling Him “Father, dear Father.” For His Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children. And since we are His children, we will share His treasures — for everything God gives to His Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share His glory, we must also share His suffering (Romans 8:14-17 NLT).

So, since I’m a light, what should I do? I know! I should do what the Light does, right? So let me see… Life itself was in Him, and this life gives light to everyone. The Light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:4-5 NLT)… “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16 NLT)… Jesus said to the people, “I am the Light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the Light that leads to life” (John 8:12 NLT).

Ok – Jesus, the Light, shines in the darkness… He went to dark places and the darkness can never extinguish His light! So if the Light goes to dark places and shines, then you and I, the lights, must go into dark places and shine! And praise God! He gives us instruction in case we don’t know how to shine… All we have to do is follow Him! If we follow Him, we wont be stumbling through the darkness because we will have the Light – His Light – that leads to life.

Do you see? When we follow Him, His light shines through us, and we are able to go to the dark places, as we follow Jesus, and we will shine. Isn’t that awesome?

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A powerful light shines in the dark. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But we’ve got to be wise. Not everyone is going to welcome the Light… “There is no judgment awaiting those who trust Him. But those who do not trust Him have already been judged for not believing in the only Son of God. Their judgment is based on this fact: The Light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the Light, for their actions were evil. They hate the Light because they want to sin in the darkness. They stay away from the Light for fear their sins will be exposed and they will be punished. But those who do what is right come to the Light gladly, so everyone can see that they are doing what God wants” (John 3:18-21 NLT). 

Don’t think there’s something wrong with you or with the message the Lord has given you when people reject you, because they don’t want their sins exposed. Don’t be surprised if people get angry with you, if they hate you, if they plot against you and even if they violently attack you. Don’t hide your light because of this.

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Brothers and sisters, we have to shine, not for our own glory, but for the glory of the Lord! We mustn’t shine so people will pat us on the back and tell us what good people we are. No! We must let His light shine through us so that people will give glory to God!

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16 NLT).

© 2012

Cheryl A. Showers

Words of Jesus – You Are the Salt of the Earth

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless” (Matthew 5:13 NLT).

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I don’t know about you, but I love salt! Oh, I know, most doctors say that it’s not good for you, but did you know that there’s really no evidence to support this? Even though the CDC and the FDA purport that too much salt intake shortens your life, there is evidence to suggest that we have been deceived about this for the last 40 years. (Check this recent NY Times article out: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/opinion/sunday/we-only-think-we-know-the-truth-about-salt.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0As a matter of fact, according to this article, there is even evidence that suggests a low-salt intake can actually lead to premature death!

When I read this, it made me think of how the enemy of our souls deceives people by leading them to think that what is bad is good and what is good is bad. Destruction is certain for those who say that evil is good and good is evil; that dark is light and light is dark; that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter (Isaiah 5:20 NLT). We’re living in evil times, and it is extremely important that the people of God rise up and share the truth with this darkened world.

Jesus told us, “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless” (Matthew 5:13 NLT). It’s no coincidence that He said this right after He talked about persecution. It’s a sad fact that people don’t want to hear what is right. They don’t want to hear what is true.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths (2 Timothy 4:3-4 NASB). And sadly, people who call themselves men and women of God are afraid of being publicly ridiculed or persecuted, and some are afraid that donations to their ministries will end, so they sell out and preach a watered down version of the truth.

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Texas Monthly Joel Olsteen (Photo credit: Houstonian)

Doesn’t this speak of the world today?This may offend some of you, but I have to address this. Let’s look at the mega churches and some of today’s church leaders… Joel Osteen seems like a very nice person, but a man of God is called to be so much more than that. He preaches nice inspirational messages, but when given the opportunity to share the gospel to the masses on national broadcasts, he waffles and he won’t come out and say that JESUS is the only way to come to the Father. It seems that he’s more interested in selling books and making people feel good about themselves.

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http://www.eurweb.com/2012/06/bishop-t-d-jakes-and-deepak-chopra-on-own-sunday/

And let’s look at Bishop T.D. Jakes. His words are often very motivational, and he talks about changing our lives and our minds, but as inspiring as he is, he doesn’t preach the unadulterated truth of the gospel. He even shared the stage in July with Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra, not to proclaim the gospel of Christ, but to share “Living From the Core,” a program designed to help you reach your greatest potential. How do combined messages from new age speakers Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey promote the gospel of Christ? And Bishop Jakes’ message about self-realization does nothing to draw the lost to Jesus. Again, as nice as Bishop Jakes seems to be, when given the opportunity to preach Jesus Christ, and Him crucified, he seems much more interested in promoting self-awareness, himself and his many books.

The same can be said of so many of today’s church leaders. Oh, many of them are very charismatic and inspiring, but they’ve lost their saltiness. They’ve lost their flavor. Too many of today’s church leaders are afraid of offending people, so they don’t cry out against sin, because people might get angry and quit giving to their ministry. Look at Paula White, and Juanita Bynum! There’s so much more fame, fortune and recognition if we just continue to tickle people’s ears and motivate them to give more money to our ministry. And dare I say it? Look at the Rev. Billy Graham, who is revered by so many!

English: Billy Graham Crusade in Cleveland Ohi...
English: Billy Graham Crusade in Cleveland Ohio, in June 1994. (PHOTO/PAUL M. WALSH) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Look at this statement he released in a full-page ad that ran last week in the USA Today, after a meeting with Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney“I realize this election could be my last. I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel. I urge you to vote for those who protect the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman.” On the surface that sounds really nice, and Graham claims he’s not endorsing Romney or anyone else. However, what is really interesting is that after his meeting with Mitt Romney, Graham’s organization removed a page from their website that referred to Mormonism as a cult. Really? Does the Mormon religion practice and advocate biblical principles?

Deuteronomy instructs us, “Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you from the LORD your God. Just obey them” (Deuteronomy 4:2 NLT). The Mormons believe that the Holy Bible is not the inspired word of God. They believe that their Book of Mormon is to be obeyed first and foremost.

When I hear of these false prophets and false teachers espousing lies, I am reminded of the word the Lord spoke to the prophet, Jeremiah. Then the LORD said, “These prophets are telling lies in My name. I did not send them or tell them to speak. I did not give them any messages. They prophesy of visions and revelations they have never seen or heard. They speak foolishness made up in their own lying hearts. Therefore,” says the LORD, “I will punish these lying prophets, for they have spoken in My name even though I never sent them. They say that no war or famine will come, but they themselves will die by war and famine!” (Jeremiah 14:14-15 NLT)

Men and women of God, Jesus tells us that we are the salt of the world, and then He tells us what will happen if we lose our flavor… But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.” I’ve got to tell you – if I shake some salt onto my potatoes and it’s lost its saltiness, it’s going straight to the trash can! Jesus is telling us the same thing! If we water down the Word of God and preach only the parts that we deem palatable, we become worthless!

You are the salt of the earth...
You are the salt of the earth… (Photo credit: Harshad Sharma)

We must preach the whole TRUTH, not just the bits and pieces we like, taking them out of context, like, “God causes all things to work together for good…”  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say that – even people of the world like that one, but the truth is, And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them (Romans 8:28 NLT). Please note that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. That word isn’t all-inclusive! Do you see what happens? When we preach only part of the gospel or take it out of context, it loses its flavor.

If we don’t share the truth with people, God will hold us accountable for their death. Wake up church and remember the words of Jesus! “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless” (Matthew 5:13 NLT).

© 2012

Cheryl A. Showers

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