Word for the Day

“Repent and believe!” is the gospel call for yesterday, today, and forever.

Washer, Paul. The Gospel Call and True Conversion (Recovering the Gospel Book 2) (Kindle Locations 186-187). Reformation Heritage Books. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

Prayer for revival will prevail when it is accompanied by radical amendment of life; not before. All-night prayer meetings that are not preceded by practical repentance may actually be displeasing to God. “To obey is better than sacrifice.”

Tozer, A. W.. Keys to the Deeper Life (Kindle Locations 103-105). Pioneer Library. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

When Jesus appeared to Israel, He did not plead with them to open their hearts and ask Him in, nor did He direct them to repeat a certain prayer. Instead, He commanded them to turn from their sin and believe the gospel.

Washer, Paul. The Gospel Call and True Conversion (Recovering the Gospel Book 2) (Kindle Locations 182-183). Reformation Heritage Books. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

We must have a reformation within the Church. To beg for a flood of blessing to come upon a backslidden and disobedient Church is to waste time and effort. A new wave of religious interest will do no more than add numbers to churches that have no intention to own the Lordship of Jesus and come under obedience to His commandments. God is not interested in increased church attendance unless those who attend amend their ways and begin to live holy lives.

Tozer, A. W.. Keys to the Deeper Life (Kindle Locations 94-97). Pioneer Library. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

Many of us have grown up on the theology that accepts the Holy Spirit as a Person, and even as a divine Person, but for some reason it never did us any good. We are as empty as ever, we are as joyless as ever, we are as far from peace as ever, we are as weak as ever.

Tozer, A. W.. How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit (p. 8). CrossReach Publications. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

One of the greatest evidences of true conversion is not sinless perfection, as some have erroneously supposed. Instead, it is sensitivity to sin, transparency before God regarding sin, and open confession of sin.

Washer, Paul. The Gospel Call and True Conversion (Recovering the Gospel Book 2) (Kindle Locations 313-315). Reformation Heritage Books. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

The Christian is to proclaim and prosecute an irreconcilable war against his bosom sins; those sins which have lain nearest his heart, must now be trampled under his feet.

Gurnall, William. The Christian in Complete Armour (Complete & Unabridged) – The Ultimate Book on Spiritual Warfare (Kindle Locations 275-277). Unknown. Kindle Edition.

What’s Wrong With Winning?

Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man… Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. (Pro 8:1-36 KJV)

Baseball was my favorite game as a boy.  I loved everything about it.  The crack of the bat, the burn of sliding into base, the satisfying thumph of a ball caught in my mitt, it all thrilled me.  I hated to lose, vowing never to quit no matter what the score.  And I exulted in winning.  The best part about winning was there was no doubt.  Our team had fought and was victorious.  We had beaten the other guys, it was right there up on the scoreboard where everyone could see it.  I’d be so excited, it seemed like the sun would come up before my eyes closed.  The following days were full of anticipation for the next ballgame, the next win.  It was wonderful.

Sports are wonderful in their simple profundity.  There is a clearcut goal: score more points than the other guy and you win.  Practice, practice, practice, learning how to play the game and play it well.  Relish the competition and rise to the occasion.  Do the little things right, while keeping your eye on the goal.  Never give up.  I could cliche on and on.

But here is the thing about winning: you must hold to a fixed definition of what it means to win.  Otherwise, anyone can claim at any time that they have “won”, by simply changing the definition.  Such a delusion can be laughable in a game.  It is tragic and deadly in a war.  And we are at war now.

I’ve watched over the past two years as many of my brothers and sisters in Christ have re-defined what it means to win.  We’ve bought into many varying definitions, but have forgotten the only one that counts:  the righteousness and glory of God.

You say that the stock market is up, up, up.  The book of James says, why do you show partiality to the rich, is it not they who oppress you?  And what does Wall Street have to do with New Jerusalem?

You say that our enemies are humiliated and exasperated.  Christ said to love your enemies, do good for them, and pray for them, lest God take His hand off of them and begin to chastise you.

You say that adulterers and fornicators are being exposed.  Yet we ought rather the fear, rather than rejoice, for their sin is far less than what we think we have hidden from God and man.

When I look on a 10x holocaust of the unborn, I do not see winning.

When I look upon $20 trillion in debt ($60,000 for every person), that is rising by $1 trillion every year ($3000 for every person) for the next 10 years, I do not see winning.

When I look at some $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities ($600,000 for every person), I do not see winning.

When I look at a war that has raged for 17 years, with no end in sight, I do not see winning.

When I look at the fervent embracing of reckless immorality, I do not see winning.

When I look at the weaponization of government against its citizens, I do not see winning.

Again, I could go on and on.

So then, you may ask, what would be winning, what would you see?

I would see God the Holy Spirit pour out mercy and repentance across the land.  I would see churches filling with people asking “What must I do to be saved?”  Those same churches falling on their faces asking God to forgive them for burying their coins.  Then all the nation would seek the Lord and His Christ and He would set us free.  And the glory of God would be the rally point from coast to coast.

That is how I see winning.

Mirror Images

Do we truly want to understand the gangrenous nature of modern American culture, society, and government?  Then we must look at our own hearts and minds, for that is where it started.  Where it ends is either repentance or fiery judgment, no other choices exist.

Something to Read

Here are some books to read regarding what’s going on in America.

Out of the Ashes Rebuilding American Culture by Anthony Esolen

By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission by Charles Murray

The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It by Anthony Codevilla

The Devil’s Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West by Michael Walsh

The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy by Thomas Sowell

Our Culture, What’s Left of It by Theodore Dalrymple

American Contempt for Liberty by Walter Williams

Battlefield America: The War on the American People by John Whitehead

Rules for Radical Conservatives: Beating the Left at It’s Own Game to Take Back America by Michael Walsh

Joshua and the Flow of Biblical History by Francis Shaeffer

Ten Indictments Against the Modern Church by Paul Washer

The Gospel of Jesus Christ by Paul Washer

The Gospel’s Power and Message by Paul Washer

The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization by Vishal Mangalwadi