Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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 Archived Pastor's Desk 2017.10.08


October 8 – October 14




Scripture Passage:  “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.  Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.”     Proverbs 4:15-16


Dear Friends,


     As I write this today, our nation is reeling in uncertainty as we grieve for victims of the worst mass shooting in United States history.  I had just preached a message this past Sunday about living in perilous (extremely violent) times only to wake up Monday morning to the news of the Las Vegas shootings.  My mind cannot comprehend nor my heart endure such senseless evil.  There is absolutely no logical reasoning for what he did outside the sadistic desire to cause death and suffering upon an innocent and unsuspecting audience.  There was no justice to be served, revenge to be administered or statement to be made. It was just a senseless act of violence.  The underlying question that is thought, but rarely voiced, is why did God allow such a thing to take place when there were so many innocent people affected?  People want to do their own thing, live their own lives and answer to no one, but want to blame God for the depravity of mankind and the consequences for perverted hearts and minds.  The same nation that says they do not believe in God, broadcast on the news and post on Facebook, “pray for the families affected by the shooting.”  Who are they praying to?  What is it they want this “God” to do?  Heal, deliver and unite us as a nation, while at the same time ignore our sinful and rebellious nature?  Let me state emphatically, God had nothing to do with this devilish display of evil. The same thing was being displayed when an innocent man was dying on a cross over two thousand years ago.  What He prayed for was that the Father would forgive them for they did not know what they were doing.  Was the Father sitting idly by, unconcerned for His only Son while the demons of Hell accomplished their devilish deeds by human hands?  NO! He was restraining Himself from annihilating an entire world that had strayed so far from what they were created to be. It was only in His restraint that a way was made for restoration and forgiveness.  Through the triumph of good over evil, salvations plan was initiated.  It is only through the visible signs of our nation uniting to overcome this tragedy that good can triumph over evil in other ways and our country can find some healing.


     I find myself every day standing at a crossroad of decisions. The paths are often shrouded in obscurity.  Sometimes the road signs are deceptive.  If you choose the wrong path the beauty of the Black Hills can inadvertently lead to the Bad Lands.  What looks to be gold on the surface turns out to be fool’s gold when it is placed in the fire.  Whereas this past week the evil one showed his true nature, most of the time he masquerades as an angel of light.  When we realize we are going down the wrong path and following the wrong example, we are commanded to avoid it, and turn from it.  A good example of this was when Joseph was being sorely tested by Potiphar’s wife to commit adultery with her.  When logical reasoning failed to stop her advances, Joseph did the only thing he could think of to do – he ran.  This is Biblical.  We are not strong enough, or smart enough to match wits with the old devil.  Neither are we sanctified enough that we can resist sexual temptations or the desire for worldly pleasures. We cannot overcome these temptations or control our tempers and emotions by ourselves, we need help from someone bigger than we are.  Rather than trying to fight the evil of this world in our own strength, let’s bring our burdens to the Lord and leave them there. 


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny




Pastor Johnny



Pastor Johnny