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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Most Inoffensive god


A god who does not condemn one’s sinful nature is not the God of Scripture. A god who does not insist upon a standard, some plumb line to which he must hold those who purport to serve and worship him is not the God of the Bible.

The god of many today is a most inoffensive god, a god who is permissive of any and all things, a god that eerily resembles the self, because there is no more permissive a god than the god of self.

The one true God is offensive to man’s sinful nature. Man’s sinful nature bristles, rebels, and rejects the one true God because He demands a mortification of said sinful nature, a doing away and parting of ways with what the flesh once enjoyed and reveled in.

The modern day church jumped the rails when it stopped preaching repentance, and it has been hurtling towards a shattering impact ever since. Because we now preach self rather than Christ, because we now preach personal growth rather than spiritual growth, because our focus is squarely set upon the things of this earth, we are as toothless lions, something for strangers to look at and try to imagine in their prime. We pose no real threat to the enemy, we pose no real danger to the darkness, but we’re fun to look at and make light of once in a while.

Righteousness has ceased being our banner, obedience has stopped being our goal, and as such we have become the devil’s footstool and a punchline for perverts and pederasts. The lunacy of our self-destructiveness will be a tale told for as long as the world turns, because no generation has wasted more potential, and been altogether more ineffective as pertains to the kingdom of God than this present generation.

We have ways and means to reach the world in a heartbeat, we have ways and means of getting the message of the cross to billions of souls, and instead we elevate men who can barely string two words together because one of those words happens to be prosperity.

Instead of charging the gates of hell, we’re peaking over the wall hoping to see something memorable, enamored with the idea that someone from the other side may throw us a glance.

We’re climbing all over ourselves to call any has been musician or never was actor an honorary Christian simply for speaking the name Jesus in passing, as though their mention of Him validates Him in any way.

What wonderful news: the lead singer of the Idiot Savants said Jesus was a cool cat! Now I can die happy.

We’ve bought into the cultural relevance lie, and though it has proven itself ineffectual time and again we’re still trying to find people to validate the King of Kings, thereby hoping that some will be drawn to Him and begin to worship Him.

It’s not the power and the gifts of the Holy Spirit the church needs, it’s someone with enough star power, someone truly famous to give Jesus the thumbs up. Once that happens, boy, look out, you’ll have them stampeding the altars, and fighting over who gets dunked first in the baptismal.

If it were not so tragic it would be comical to an extent.

We have betrayed our principles, abandoned our dignity, and sold out our Savior all for the hope that some ignoramus on some reality show will give Jesus the nod, even though he doesn’t subscribe to all that morality stuff, but just thinks it would have been cool to have a beer with Him.

The ‘sin no more part’ has been conveniently left out of ‘go and sin no more’ because it might offend the sensibilities of some hedonist or another, and we don’t want to exclude anyone from our big tent approach to God.

All that stuff about the way being narrow and those who find it being few must have been a mistranslation, and so we’re filling heaven to the rafters with men and women whose garments are soiled and muddied, waiting for the wedding feast, not bothering to acknowledge the reality that once the King arrives and finds them without the proper wedding attire they will be bound and cast into the darkness where there is but weeping and gnashing of teeth.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Whe Did You Know?


I’ve known the world was on the brink for some time, but this became crystal clear when I saw a girl with a selfie stick in a village in Romania, a village which coincidentally had no running water or connection to the power grid.

Something about that seemed so vulgar and out of place to me, that I realized it isn’t just one geographical location that is sick. The world is sick and getting sicker by the day.

A generation of vapid hedonists is soon to enter adulthood, and the repercussions of their inability to deal with the real world, the world where people do go hungry, and people do get fired, and people do get evicted, and updating your Facebook wall isn’t considered work, will be something to behold indeed.

When you raise an entire generation on a consistent diet of stupid for eighteen years, it’s no surprise that stupid is what they will end up being as they photobomb their way into adulthood.

In this upside down world we’ve created for ourselves, the cure for what ails us as a species is seen as a hindrance to said species’ utopian dream, and so even those who claim to serve Him distance themselves from His teachings, His precepts, and His words.

Set adrift on an ocean of our own self-importance we will no longer bend the knee, we will no longer plead for mercy, we will no longer follow, we will no longer obey. As such the likelihood of a positive outcome is less than zero, as is the likelihood of a redress, or return to the straight path.

I don’t know why but I’ve become more introspective and reflective of late, and everything I see tells me this world is not long for itself. Something astounding and of a breadth and scale heretofore unseen is set to descend upon a largely unsuspecting world, and deservedly so.

Though we might not see it with the naked eye, there is a running ticker. Someone is keeping track, and eventually the bill will come due.

We know to the very marrow of us that judgment is a foregone conclusion, and some of the most loving, kindhearted, humble and merciful people I know have started to pray for it. Forgiveness without repentance will never be, and as such the only real reason to pray for an extension of grace and a putting off of judgment is that handful of souls we may reach if we continue to be diligent and be about our Father’s business.

The hearts of men are growing colder and harder day by day, and to reach a soul nowadays and truly see a life change which extends beyond the initial hand waving at a crusade is a miracle on par with seeing the lame walk or the blind see.

While the church is busy doing other things like building denominational brands, and making sure their leaders are cool enough to attract the youth they don’t seem to be attracting even with their coolness, the one reason God has for delaying judgment is not being carried out.

If you’ve ever wondered what happens when the salt loses its flavor, the current state of the world and where it is inevitably headed is pretty much it. The state of the world is a direct result of the failure of the church, and the failure to carry out its most sacred mission.

The household of faith should be the rudder, it should be the compass, it should be that one unshakeable presence that charts the course and follows through, and by its very nature be a living embodiment of what it means to be saved. Instead the church is what it is, its ambassadors are what they are, and all told it’s no wonder the godless are having a field day mocking and ridiculing and merrily pointing at our inconsistencies.

We have men in positions of power and authority discovered to have done such obscene things that the ‘no one is perfect’ cliché is no longer applicable. When individuals who identify themselves as ambassadors of the Kingdom and leaders of men are found to have been practicing sins much of those in the world don’t even practice, it’s time to call it what it is, and stop hiding under the ‘we’re all sinners’ mantra.

The point of being washed and made clean in the blood of Christ is to go and sin no more, not to go back and rut in the mud from which we were extracted, cleansed, and purified.

But who wants to hear of such things nowadays?

It would be much easier for me to tell you to love yourself, spout some drivel as to how your inward thought determines your outer journey, and tell you how God’s end game since before the beginning of creation was your prosperity, but I still have a conscience, I’m still accountable to God, and I still love you enough to tell you the truth.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Subtle Judgments


Some tend to believe God’s only means of judging His creation and doing so in righteousness is via bombastic events that cause the world to pause and take a breath, and makes man realize the utter insignificance of his existence here on earth.

When we think of God’s judgment we tend to gravitate more towards the earthquake which just devastated Nepal than we do about what is happening in America momentarily.

What many fail to realize is that not all of God’s judgments are the same. Yes, there are certain times wherein the judgment of God is like a thunderclap in the silence, but there are also subtler judgments, some we might not even consider or acknowledge as such.

One of the most devastating of God’s judgments and one I have witnessed time and again is that of leaving man to his own devices, machinations, and destructive tendencies. God doesn’t need to throw lightning bolts at most folks to visit judgment upon them; all He needs to do is leave them to do as they will, and that’s judgment enough.

With the removal of light, the mind becomes darkened. Once the mind becomes darkened the choices we make and actions we take become so antithetical to our own self-interests it would make a schizophrenic do a double take.

Reason packs its bags and goes off on a long vacation, common sense has long since left the building, and all we have left is blind rage, anger at anyone and everyone, all because it’s far easier finding someone else to blame for our bad choices and poor decisions than it is to own up to the fact that we are directly responsible for where we find ourselves at any given moment in life.

We look upon the whole of humanity today and realize a vast swath of it is much like the Nebuchadnezzar of old sans the grass eating and sleeping out in the woods. Madness has overtaken men and women of all ages, social standing, and aptitudes, so much so that their singular purpose in life is their gut and their groin.

Hedonism has become the religion of the day, and for the sake of convenience thousands of innocents are slaughtered upon its altars daily, while the gullible and easily culled swallow the ‘choice’ pill as though it has become acceptable in the eyes of both God and men to choose murder on a whim, or because bringing a life into the world would conflict with your plans for the summer.

We are witnessing the beginning of the end, and most of us don’t even know it. What is left but judgment when the whole of man has become but brute beasts who no longer know the meaning of dignity, humanity, or holiness, and whose only god is the reflection staring back at them in the mirror?

Even those who have for long and long cried ‘mercy’ are grudgingly beginning to acknowledge that God’s judgment is justified, deserved, and necessary.  

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Perspective


I realize full well you can never have enough toilet paper and burning down an entire CVS Pharmacy is justifiable as long as you can get your hands on some, but the people setting Baltimore ablaze and looting like there’s no tomorrow aren’t starving, running out of water, or fighting over the last remaining vestiges of sustenance. They are doing this to get their hands on toilet paper!

Imagine if you will, a day wherein the gears of the great machine that is commerce grind to a halt. A day wherein the trucks stop delivering their foodstuffs, the trains no longer barrel down the tracks, and the shelves in every store are bare to the bone. Imagine that, and then imagine what some people would be willing to do in order to survive.

As a society we love beating our breast and trumpeting to one and all how civilized we are. We love to look down our noses on the rest of the world and insist upon how we are human beings of the highest caliber, how we would not resort to anything as unseemly as violence if indeed we were to go hungry, but all our bloviating is proven the fallacy it is by the very real fact that people are burning down their own city, and other than the primal joy of destroying something someone else worked hard and long to build, all they’re getting out of it is toilet paper.

One of the biggest lies perpetrated upon the world of men is that for the most part and by an overwhelming majority man is generally good and noble and kind.

Without God the heart of man is a savage thing, capable of atrocity and pointless violence at the drop of a hat. Without God the heart of man does not naturally lean towards kindness but brutality, it does not naturally lean towards friendliness but aggression; it does not naturally lean towards giving but taking.

What we are seeing, and what we will continue to see on a larger and larger scale is the byproduct of the decades old war on God, and the rabid like fervor some have shown in attempting to remove very last vestige of Him from this once God centered nation.

Make no mistake. This is the reality we’ve created, and we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg we’re about to crash into.

Godlessness begets contempt for human life. Tragically, it is not a static contempt but one that metastasizes and grows to the point that recently some a group of Oxford medical ethicists argued that newborn babies are morally irrelevant, and as such you should be able to kill them even after they are born. You think your newborn’s nose is too crooked? Just throw it out with the trash, and set about making another one. The medical ethicists are completely fine with that.

If this is progress, you can keep it. Thanks but no thanks.

Thinking ourselves wise we have become the fools that fools point to as a cautionary tale. Thinking ourselves wise we have discarded God as though He were nothing more than detritus and fashioned the world in our own image rather than His, only to discover that the world we’ve fashioned is one of savagery and slaughter, of brutality and mercilessness.

You can’t blame this on God anymore. You’ve taken your fate in your hands. You insisted, and even demanded that God remove Himself from the equation. Now all that’s left to do is to reap the whirlwind.

I don’t know, maybe preachers should start preaching on the consequence of action again, just so the drooling sheep still waiting on their mansions and private jets finally understand why the world is coming apart all around them.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What I've Been Up To


Something strange has been happening for the past few weeks. Every morning, without fail, as soon as I wake up I am drawn to a long forgotten project I’ve been tinkering with for the better part of a decade. It is a book about the persecuted church during the Communist dictatorship in Romania containing stories I’ve collected over the years.

As I said, I’ve been tinkering with it for a very long time, but it never seemed like the right time to finish it. Suddenly it’s all I can think about and focus on, and something is driving me to finish it sooner rather than later.

I think I’m close to finishing it, but I’ve been thinking I was close for at least the past five years.

I will keep you updated on the progress, and since much has been happening in the world, as soon as I can carve out a little time – something easier said than done – I will get back to a semi regular writing schedule.  

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Not So Harmless After All


So it’s settled. No further discussion need be had, no insistence upon scouring Biblical text to see the truth contained therein, just take it at face value and move along: Jesus died so Creflo Dollar could get his 65 million dollar jet. If you haven’t as yet mortgaged your home and sent him the proceeds thereof, you possess no faith, and as such you will never reach the heights of prosperity wherein you may one day hope to own a shack in the same zip code as Creflo.

Serving Jesus sure is profitable. How could you not have people lining up around the block for a chance at the brass ring when they are continually told that once they’ve signed the contract and become an ambassador of the Lord, riches the likes of which mere mortals can only dream of are theirs for the taking.

In case you thought the desire for a new private jet was for some trifling reason, Creflo made it abundantly clear it was so he could go and preach the gospel. So naysayers, be gone. This is not so much a want as it is a need, granted a 65 million dollar need, but a need nonetheless.

Ever since I started this blog, every time I would do a piece on one of the pimps in the pulpit, these dazzling examples of vapid theological emptiness whose only concern is getting more stuff and whose only message is that God wants you to have more stuff, there would be the inevitable handful of e-mails insisting that these men were harmless.

Some even went on to rebuke me for attacking the ‘men of God’, and not taking the time to understand the immense burden and responsibility they are carrying on their shoulders.

The older I get the less inclined I am to suffer fools, and unless someone is sincere and open about hearing the truth, I tend to let those comments just float on by.

By now, most of those whose heads are not firmly buried in the sand are realizing that such wolves within the household of faith are not harmless, and that their brand of theology has rendered the church impotent, powerless, and fearful. The smell of cowardice wafts from the halls of many a grand tabernacle, and when it comes to serious matters, Biblical matters, matters of righteousness and holiness and purity unto God, you can hear the crickets chirp, and not much else.

We are breeding cowards, and teaching the art of compromise to those who ought to be fearless warriors of the cross, and whose position ought to be crystal clear from the onset.

God has not wrought this upon us, the pulpit pimps have, and rather than call them out on it, believers still defend them and stand up for them.

The enemy marches, and there isn’t even a token opposition from the church. The devil’s not even breaking sweat, yet we’re still prancing about calling ourselves the apple of God’s eye, and demanding the sheep sheer themselves and send in as much as they can, because we deserve to travel in style given the cesspool of heresy we’ve encouraged them to wallow in all these years.

What floors me is that even now, with all that’s going on in the world, with all the signs pointing to some of the most turbulent times the world has ever seen, these people still have a following, and Christians are still willing to come to their defense even though they are not as willing to come to the defense of Christ.

In the age of idolatry, wherein men are deemed little gods and their word is law, it is safe to realize that they are anything but harmless.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.

Monday, March 23, 2015

What Now?


“Up until a few weeks ago I thought you were crazy. I heard some of your teachings online, and whenever you would talk about persecution coming to America I snickered, thinking it could never happen here. In my mind I compared you to the UFO folks; entertaining, but nothing more. I apologize. I see it now, and it scares me. What now? What will become of the church when persecution does come?”

This is how a lengthy e-mail I received over the weekend started. Even some who vehemently refused to see the writing on the wall can’t ignore it any longer, and the pervasive ‘what now?’ has become a constant drone, like white noise you don’t notice until you do.

Some have taken the position of being incensed, of calling the world out on its hypocrisy, duplicity, double standard, and willingness to gloss over the reality of persecution coming to a neighborhood near you, as though the world cares a whit that they are incensed.

In their mind your silencing is for the greater good, and that’s all the justification needed to come down like a hammer on any dissenters and individuals brave enough to point out the inconsistencies in any given matter.

Although far more believers are seeing the inevitable persecution on the horizon, there is still confusion as to what will become of the household of faith, and what will have to be done in order to get through it.

The first thing that will occur shortly after persecution begins is a great and mighty sifting in the midst of those calling themselves believers. Anyone not wholly committed to Christ, anyone not wholly sold out to Him, will fall by the wayside as so much dross, inventing ad hoc theologies to justify their cowardice and faithlessness.

Seeing as the world loves anything that undermines truth, they will promote and popularize these new heretical theologies, furthermore alienating true believers and those who realize there is no compromising with the darkness.

As the persecution will continue to intensify, true believers will have no choice but to go underground, to star meeting in secret, meeting in homes, in barns, wherever they are able to congregate and fellowship and encourage one another.

I believe it is at this juncture, wherein it will be dangerous to call yourself a Christian, and doing so may cost you everything, that we will see the power of God flood those who remain faithful, and as a direct result, the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit will no longer be a rare occurrence, but something common and even expected.

Good will come of persecution because it will inevitably draw those who are sincere in their desire to serve Jesus, closer to Him. Good will come of hardship because it will teach the faithful greater dependence upon God. Good will come of the fire because it will eliminate every impurity, and make the gold pure as it ought to be.

I realize some of you are torn between praying to be counted worthy to escape these things, and praying for boldness to endure to the end. I cannot tell you which to pray for, but I know which I am praying for.

Personally, I want to see the power of God manifest fully among His children. Personally, I want to walk through the fire without getting burned. Personally, I want to see God continue to prove His faithfulness in every area of my life, and as such the only thing I can pray for is courage, and boldness, and steadfastness to stare down the coming storm without an ounce of fear, and prepare my heart for what is coming.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.