After finishing one of three sermons I was scheduled to preach this past Sunday, a brother came up to me and as we were talking he said he’d heard something the idiocy of which was so astounding that at first I had to chuckle.
During the six hour drive back to Wisconsin the next day, I had time to dwell on what he’d said, and with each passing mile I grew angrier and angrier.
What the brother said he’d heard a pastor say is that God did not punish Sodom and Gomorrah for the sin of sodomy, He punished Sodom and Gomorrah because they were inhospitable.
To hear him tell the tale, one would readily conclude it wasn’t the fact that they attempted to break down Lot’s door to have their way with the messenger of the Lord that angered God, it was that they didn’t bring a bunt cake along.
The reason I grew progressively angrier and I continue to be angry to this moment, is because the church is doing everything in its power to validate and justify the perversions of the world – twisting Scripture to the point that one doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry – so long as they don’t have to call sin, sin.
The men speaking these nonsensical idiocies are those whom we look up to as our spiritual authorities, and those whose only mandate is to lead us to all truth in Christ Jesus. They are failing at their singular duty, and failing miserably.
It doesn’t take genius IQ to read the word of God and see why God judged Sodom and Gomorrah. It doesn’t take a diploma in expository exegesis or hermeneutics to come to the realization that two plus two equals four, and if the intent of the Sodomites were honorable in any way, first, Lot would not have offered up his daughter in the messenger’s stead, and second, the messenger of the Lord would not have blinded the entire city.
I for one am angry and I think you should be too. The Bible is okay with anger. It even tells us to be angry and sin not, but that really isn’t telling us anything is it?
Are we just supposed to sit here and fume as I’ve been doing for the past few days? Are we supposed to go and lift weights until our back starts to spasm, or run until we realize we’re so far from home we need to call a taxi?
I believe there is an answer as to what we can do, and I believe it is the only thing that will work. No, it’s not calling these men on the carpet for the heresies they are teaching, because they lost their ability to blush long ago, and their conscience has likewise been seared.
The answer is to simply stop!
Stop attending their churches, stop giving them your hard earned money, stop buying their books, just stop.
‘Here we go Martha, now he’s going to tell us to support his ministry instead. I knew there was a catch.’
Actually, although we do good, noble, Biblical work and feed orphans, widows, and the poor, just so you don’t think I have a vested interest, I will not ask you to support my ministry.
You can however take the money you would have put in the plate, and go buy ten large pizzas, find the poorest most desperate section of your city, and go give the pizzas to those who are hungry.
There are countless things you can do, wherever you happen to live, that will exemplify Christ far more profoundly than giving in to the pressure of being told you must sow an extra special seed this month, because last month’s extra special seed didn’t quite cover the cost of all the time the pastor put in to his heretical reinterpretation of God’s Holy Word.
Be the hands of Christ yourself. Be the feet of Christ yourself. Be the heart of Christ yourself. You will never know how good it feels to give – even if what you’re giving is something seemingly insignificant to you – until you actually do it yourself.
If you can’t find a place that feeds you spiritually, make your home the place where you get fed. Get together with your spouse, pray, read the Word, pray again, and you will be amazed at the revelation God begins to pour into your heart.
The reason so many understand so little is because there is an epidemic lack of sincerity in the hearts of most individuals calling themselves believers today.
They don’t want to know the will of God…they just want their current lifestyle and peccadillos to be validated and rubberstamped by God. And so, they would rather live off of platitudes and affirmations and declarations, and looking in the mirror telling themselves how capable and lovable they are, just as long as no one challenges them or highlights their need for repentance.
If in freedom the best the modern day church can muster is a duplicitous, lukewarm, halfhearted imitation of true worship, what pray tell will the selfsame church do when persecution descends upon it?
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.