Thursday, March 14, 2013

An Audio Message

I preached this sermon near the tail end of 2012, and I believe it is worth a listen. And so, although it's on YouTube, it's just the audio from that morning.

Wisdom dictates that we be aware of the times we are living in, and believe truth even if truth is far more difficult a thing to accept than the fallacy of hyper-optimistic scenarios so many choose to embrace as the days grow darker.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.


Barbara said...

I liked this sermon. It was even very funny in places. It is about how seriously are you going to take your faith. Do you want to be completely serious or just play games and try to play it safe, is the question.

When people teach things that you know to be wrong, even after you have clearly pointed out are wrong, can you still make excuses for them? Can you still say they are just deluded, or should you turn and walk away? Will their attitude end up corrupting you if you keep interracting with them?

The more you have to do with God, it seems the less company you can keep with the dirty things of the world. Sometimes people and relationships are the dirtiest things of all. You have to walk away from that which has the power to harm you, though maybe you weren't sensitive to it before.

Sometimes you don't realize how much certain people are draining you until you leave them for a while. Then you feel refreshed and realize that they are producting negative fruit in your life. It is not your job to contend with them but to let God handle what is not bearing good fruit.

meema said...

Amen! I do not know how it could be said any plainer.

My daughter has an acquaintance who claims “she gets to go because she believes in Rapture.” Recently they were in a discussion again about this because someone else had told the woman that she was believing in a false doctrine. Again, she dug in and reiterated to my daughter, in a little self-righteous huff, that everyone else could be left behind if they wanted to but she believed, so she was going!

My daughter felt led to tell her in the kindest way that she didn’t believe in Rapture either but rather put her faith in Christ. The woman was stunned that my daughter rejects the doctrine.

I used to think, “well what difference does it make if someone believes they will be raptured out before the coming tribulation?” As I have matured, I have come to understand that it matters if those who put their faith in the doctrine instead of Christ regardless what happens are vulnerable to lose their faith when the doctrine turns out to be useless.

If we don’t have to worry about tribulation what do we need the oil topped off in our lanterns? If we are resting in faith that we’ll “get to go because we believe” will we be able to discern those difficult things put in front of us that we are to reject? Those who cling to the Rapture believe they won’t have to make hard choices. Is this not a type of blindness?

Lee said...

My husband and I were there to hear this message and we were embarrassed at what we perceived as inappropiate laughter at a message from a heart burdened with the condition of the western church. What is funny about distorting the wholeness of what God is? In fact, He states that His chastening of us,though it may be severe is particuliarly because He loves us. We were disheartened by the response of many that day. But we were also encouraged that finally we heard a message of rebuke and that is when we thought of how the scripture below applies here. There seems to be almost a silliness in the church of today that will only listen to be entertained from the pulpit. I have heard people go on and on about how anointed someone was, but when I would ask them just what it was they were taking to heart from thar "anointed" message, they could not tell me the first thing about the message and would get angry with me for asking. Eze.33: 30-33. Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord. And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them:for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after Their covetousness And lo thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice And can play well on a instrument For they hear my words but they do not do them.
I guess I've said enough and I am very thankful for the voice crying in the wilderness!