Monday, November 29, 2010

Qualifying Statements

Between my last post and this present time, I’ve traveled halfway across the world, crossed an ocean, saw my wife after month long absence, and even read some of the comments left on the weblog. What I found interesting was the wide range of emotion encapsulated in some of the comments, from agreement, to anger, to frustration, and even an imperious sense of machismo wherein a musket and some gunpowder were all that was needed to set the nation in order, to restore reason, and reconfigure our course that we might once more walk in the will of God, and not a path of our own making.

Some comments I chose not to post since they crossed the line into obscene, going beyond the favored effeminate, weepy, girly prose, into the land of the unsavory. I have no problem with people disagreeing with me, even calling me names, I’m a big boy with thick skin, and I can handle it, but to those of you whose comments I did not post, a bit of civility goes a long way, and when you have to resort to profanity to make a point, well, let’s just say I doubt we have very much to discuss from that point forward. Since there is an entire book of the Bible entitled Lamentations, and Jesus himself declared ‘joy to those who weep’, there is nothing anti biblical with either weeping or lamenting.

There were some legitimate comments, that encouraged me to qualify my statements however, and so I decided to write a postscript to my previous post just to clarify a few things.

Yes, I do believe there is a remnant even in the spiritual murkiness with which we must all contend. There has always been a remnant, and there will always be a remnant because God is sovereign and He always has His own, those who have not defiled themselves, those who will not compromise the truth, and those who stand on the wall of the citadel sounding the alarm as the enemy approaches.

I do believe however, that the general condition of the church is by and large as I outlined it in my article, and for this I will not apologize, although some took umbrage.

For those, who under the shroud of anonymity attempt to prove their bravery by lobbing insults, I would echo the words of Paul to the Corinthians, ‘let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.’ Your metal will be tested, your commitment will be pushed to its limits, and your faithfulness will be weighed by One infinitely more qualified to render judgment than me. You need not feign bravery on my account; I am no one worth impressing with bombastic words and ill conceived schemes.

One thing is certain, we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, and those who still believe this battle will be won by our wills, our strength and our own aptitudes those who think this battle will be waged in the physical, are as ignorant of the reality they are facing as the Disciples of Christ were when they asked Him if He would henceforth commence to restore the kingdom to Israel.

I do not weep due to what we have become, the Bible already forewarned us of these times, but rather due to what we could have been, due to the wasted potential and opportunity to proclaim Christ and Him crucified to the nations. Even the best of men are only men at best, and one day all men, be they at their best or at their worst will stand before an omniscient God and answer for their actions, their conduct, their words and their intent. As such, when I write I do so not with the desire to please men, or coddle the overly sensitive, but rather with the singular purpose of being true to God and His Word.

Whether you agree with what I’ve written, or disagree vehemently, one thing is certain, we must now make certain that we have put on the whole armor of God, because the evil day is here, and it is incumbent upon us to stand, and to do all to stand.

Ephesians 5:10, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.


Anonymous said...

hey michael,

i guess this present post leaves me more confused about the response to your previous post. if one gets vitriolic over what you wrote, is that not confirming the very condition you were condemning? all one needs to do is read some of tozers' works of 50 plus years ago to see the seeds of that which were being planted then, we are now bearing the fruit thereof . he received much flak back back then for his condemnation of worldly practices that the church was just beginning to immerse itself in. he was a prophet in his generation, and the very things of which you speak out against, will in time, soon ring prophetic if not apocalyptic!

a couple of other questions come to mind, you poised the question(or maybe more of a statement) "why i weep?", is it possible for the Lord of Glory to weep in his position of Glory? would not this current state of affairs be enough to cause a parent to weep over his children and seek some form of mediation to change the current status of affairs?

---pete g.---

Patient Pilgrim said...

Thank you for being a watchman on the wall!! Having read Matthew, Mark, Luke ,and John countless times. I have come to the conclusion that nothing has changed. "Religion" will always persecute the Godly. Pursue peace with all people AND!!! holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. Hebr 12:14

Anonymous said...

Amen bro Mike!

i read the comments from your last post, I twould seem you hit a nerve with some.

to quote Shakespeare "thou protesteth to loudly"

i would add, the last one to become aware of the condition of the water they swim in is the fish.

All we need to do is read our Bible to know and discern the times we live in. Times of apostasy and deception.

Hisservant rich

Matthew 4:17

Jason Olvera said...

Again, I say amen! In a day and age where far to few perceive the apostate state of the church, and the lateness of the hour; it is encouraging to know and hear that there are still men of God willing to sound the alarm, willing to put themselves on the line, willing to stand up and proclaim the truth of God’s Word. I’ve provided a link to a blog post I recently wrote that was reminiscent of your last post; if your interested in reading it.
May the Lord richly bless you.
~ Jason

k.mag.. said...

Good job saying the truth. The truth has power from God that is why it hurts

Anonymous said...

It's great to see the remenant out there!!! I hear it in your comments! Refreshing and there's hope!!! Praise God!

Anonymous said...

What a nice post. I really love reading these types or articles. I can?t wait to see what others have to say.