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 Archived Pastor's Desk 2017.10.22

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Scripture Passage:  “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”  John 14:23


Dear Friends,


     This is a crazy world we live in.  The perspective of fiction verses reality has become distorted. Television, movies, and video games have produced reality series that are non-existent in real life.  The line between right and wrong has become blurred and warped by a worldly sense of morality.  The distinction between church and the secular world has been perverted by a humanist philosophy and the political correctness of tolerance.  The church atmosphere of reverence and worship has been replaced with one of entertainment and user friendliness.  The focus of worship has become the awesomeness of the creation more than the holy righteousness of the Creator.  We seem to have lost the undeniable distinction of a sinner compared to a saint because there is seemingly no difference in the way they live.  No longer is there an absence of black and white, (no racial pun intended) we do not even have a clear definition of gray.  We have become a nation with no standards to live by because we stand for nothing and fall for everything.  God help us! 


    So what does the church of the Living God look like?  Does the building take on a certain architectural style with embellishments like steeples and stained glass?  Is the inside marked by pews, organs, wooden pulpits and altar chairs?  Does it take chandeliers and a certain color carpet to be ordained by God?  You know I am being facetious.  The early church met without even a building to house their congregation.  Many churches around the world are meeting today in secret houses, warehouses and thickets because of persecution.  Even in America many churches meet in abandoned store fronts and entertainment venues as their dwelling place.  Brooklyn Tabernacle meets in an old theatre and the church experience there was one of the highlights of my trip to New York.  So, the church is not a building but the people who gather as the called out assembly of God. 


     So what do the people look like?  Are the men clean shaven and all wearing designer suits?  Are the women wearing long black dresses and have their hair up in a bun?  Do the children look and act like little adults with somber faces and suppressed laughter?  Of course not!  I have met Christians from around the world and they all look pretty much the same allowing some room for cultural differences.  The main difference I have observed between them and their counter parts is their actions.  A Christian is a genuine reflection of the Christ that lives within them.  You cannot reflect what you do not have, so a person who does not exhibit the characteristics of Christ does not know Him.  A genuine, bona fide, dyed in the wool, authentic Christian is one who does what Jesus says.   PERIOD!   There is no other identifying mark or authenticating trait that singles out and distinguishes the difference between a believer and a non-believer.  Are you the “real deal,” or a genuine, imitation fake?  The answer lies in the way you live your life and relate to God and others.  If you do what he says and live your life according to His standard you will see his kingdom and the joy that accompanies it.  If you put on a good show, but do not do what he says, you will be badly disappointed with your eternal destination.  It is as simple as that.


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny 


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Pastor Johnny