Tuesday, October 18, 2016

On the Elections (Radio Show Transcript)

Welcome to the program and thank you for joining us. Yes, indeed, this is the light of truth radio broadcast, I am your host Michael Boldea, we are live, and boy has this been an interesting week.

If you happen to own stock in the company that manufactures Milk of Magnesia, Maalox, Mylanta, or Rolaids, well, congratulations, this week likely made sales spike and you just made a nice chunk of change. For everyone else, it was just heart burn and uncertainty and vitriol, and everything else that this election cycle has wrought.

As I’ve said from the beginning, and will continue to insist upon until this drama is over, man cannot save what only God can, and God will only save it if repentance is evident and forthcoming. That said, I disagree with the premise that the difference between these two candidates is like choosing whether you want to be butchered by a box cutter or a scalpel. A more apropos comparison is whether you would like to hit a wall going 150 miles per hour, or 45 miles per hour.

At 150 miles per hour death is certain, it is a foregone conclusion, and all that’s left to decide is the color of the casket and whether or not you will have bagpipes at your funeral.

At 45 miles per hour there is still a chance of survival, although you may break a few bones, not look as pretty, and hurt for some time.

Now, I realize bombastic pontification is fun for some, but I find it useless. I also realize that it is human nature to try and cloak cowardice in nobility and make it out to seem something it’s not, but as a former candidate for president pointed out not so long ago, this is a binary election. What does this mean? Well, it means that this is a two horse race, and one of the horses is going to win, like it or not.

These are your two choices kids, and make no mistake, one of these two bastions of virtue will be president of these United States come January. That’s it, no other options on the table, nothing more to say about it, no what if scenarios, that’s it. Yes, I’ve heard the rumors of Marshall Law being declared and the current crop of politicians remaining in the white house indefinitely, but I don’t give it much credence. It will ignite a civil war almost instantly, and I don’t believe the armed forces would go along with it to be quite honest with you.

Those who wear the uniform, those who serve in the armed forces, they are by and large noble individuals who adhere to the constitution of the United States, and who have sworn to protect the nation from all enemies both foreign and domestic. The news is already leaking that there is much unease and dismay among those in the FBI and the Department of Justice for not prosecuting Hillary Clinton on her crimes, so it’s not as though the entire populace working in government at this moment in time are heartless, soulless zombies.

The higher ups, the top tier, the echelons who have seized the reins of power? Oh yes, to be sure they are, but that’s a handful of people who only have bluster and words to keep them in power.

It’s like ancient Rome all over again, wherein the slaves didn’t realize the outnumbered the Romans 3 to 1 until the moment they did. The reason it took them so long to realize they outnumbered their masters is because there was no uniform for them to wear. They dressed in regular garb, and so they could never identify each other as being slaves, or deduce just how many there were.

This is where the Clinton campaign made its first tactical, and quite frankly, unforced error. They gave the slaves uniforms. They labeled the common folk, and allowed them to identify each other and realize that they outnumber the masters. You’ve all heard it, it’s been out there for some time: Deplorables. Just rolls off the tongue doesn’t it? But see, people started looking at who exactly was included in this basket of deplorables, and realized that they too had been included and a lot of their family and friends and acquaintances, their mechanics and their doctors and their garbage man and their manicurist and their pastor and their professor.

Let’s face it, contrary to what Bill Clinton said, it’s not just southern rednecks with no teeth and overalls that will be voting for Donald Trump in less than thirty days. The people started to look around after having ascertained what defined a deplorable, and came to the conclusion that there were far more deplorables out there than the system would have thought possible. You know, the people who keep getting told that they are in the minority because they oppose abortion, or are told they are bigots because they like to feel safe in their own towns and homes, or are told they are intolerant, unchristian, and hateful because they insist on some sort of vetting for immigrants from Middle Eastern countries. Once they were defined, those people started looking around, and lo and behold, more and more deplorables came out of the woodwork, and they realized this may well be the last and final opportunity to overthrow the empire, and upend the power structure.

I know Christians have this tendency of comparing Trump to Biblical figures, from Cyrus, to Samson, to everyone in between it seems, but I’ve never gone there, will not go there, but what I can do is say that Trump, at least to me, seems more of a Spartacus than any Biblical figure in particular.

As I’ve told you before, I am a student of history, and once upon a time, before babies, and writing books and radio programs and such, I used to devour the biographies of historical figures. If you don’t know, Spartacus started out as a man of the system, a soldier who served as an auxiliary in the Roman army in Macedonia. He then deserted the army, left the system behind, was captured, sold into slavery, and became a gladiator of great renown.

Spartacus started out with 70 odd men, and built up an army of slaves that estimates put at 120,000. He was a man of the people, and the people followed him, and with everything the Roman empire threw at him he always grew in notoriety. So, again, you can make comparisons to a lot of people regarding a lot of things, but this is 2016, and this is a game for all the marbles. No one is pulling any punches, and cornered sewer rats are quite the violent little things. 

Again, all this from an objective bird’s eye view of the situation, because as I’ve stated before, I’m not about to go politicking on behalf of anyone. This program is about truth, about Jesus, about pointing out things that the feckless and spineless either refuse to point out, or do not see because of their biases.

As far as the eleven-year-old audio tape of Donald Trump saying unsavory things, yes I heard about it, it is, as many in his own campaign have said, indefensible, but what I find most alarming is that the perverts, pederasts and pedophiles seem to have all of a sudden discovered morality and are incensed by Donald Trump’s words. They even insist that it disqualifies him from being president.

Come on, seriously? If you put out absolute filth every single day of your life, if you’ve pushed for the removal of God from society and an embracing of every aberrant, reprobate, immoral, abominable, filthy, dirty, animalistic, hedonistic practice under the sun for all of your adult life but find what Donald Trump said beyond the pale, irredeemable, and unforgivable, you are a hypocrite, a liar, a fool, and a buffoon.

I know the pampered ears of those who couldn’t bear to hear such language are all aflutter, but I’ve heard worse talk from teenagers in the park where I take my daughter to play. Do you know the stuff kids are saying nowadays? Do you know the kind of language children are using? And yet, we are to believe that the Hollywood elites, and the higher-ups of the Democratic party are all innocent little lambs who only come out of their respective churches to have lunch before they run right back in to sing hymns and meditate upon Scripture.

Said the Fox to the chicken,
Said the fox to the chicken,
Come away from that mangy old dog,
‘Cause he barks and he gruffs and he’s loud and robust,
Get away from that mangy old dog.

Said the wolf to the lamb,
Said the wolf to the lamb,
Get away from that barking old mutt,
All I want’s to play, and he’s in the way,
Get away from that barking old mutt.

For those of you who understand what that meant, congratulations. If you think that the godless have your best interest at heart when they’re trying to fan the flames of anger because of something a man said eleven years ago, you’re fooling yourself. The wolf will never want what’s best for the lamb. The fox will never want what’s best for the chicken. Keep that in mind.

The only people that have a right to be incensed about what they heard on that audio are the Amish, and the Amish have no electricity, so that’s that. What boggles the mind is the double standard in today’s politics. Apparently a private conversation 11 years ago trumps actual rape nowadays. Apparently the words men speak trump their actions nowadays. Apparently selling out your country and your countrymen, using a political office to practice pay for play politics, and making every political decision you’ve ever made via the prism of personal gain is not nearly as bad as something someone said eleven years ago.

I’m not getting into this any further, and for those of you who keep writing in asking what about what so and so said, you are big boys and girls, and you can make up your mind for yourself regarding this election. My position has always been for you not to put your faith in a man rather than in God, or hope that things will change drastically in this nation without the dawning of repentance in the land.

Oh, and one more thing, because I really, really hate it when people try to use the Word of God to make a political point, when Paul is laying out the qualifications of a leader, it is the qualifications of a spiritual leader, and not a political one. Paul lays out the qualifications of a Bishop! So for someone to write a ten-page tome on how Donald Trump is not qualified to be president because he doesn’t meet the qualifications Paul set forth in first Timothy, sorry kids, 80% of pastors practicing today don’t meet the qualifications Paul set forth in first Timothy.

Sanctimony is disingenuous, and falling off a high horse may be dangerous to your overall health.
I realize full well that something someone said eleven years ago is of extreme import, but I don’t know if it is quite as important as the following:

1. Having no borders therefore having no country.

2. Going to war with Russia because once the American domino falls the only ones opposing globalism will be the Russians.

3. Allowing for Christian persecution on a grand scale, and the marginalization of all that is decent and good and just.

4. Having your right to protect yourself and your family legislated away by a Supreme Court that will be beholden to unscrupulous politicians and their agendas.

So, you weigh it out in your head and your heart, and you conclude for yourself what you’re going to do on November 8. What I’ve laid out is not partisan, it is not subjective, it is fact, proven, and confirmed.
If you want to get deeper into it, we can, from the undeniable disdain for God and anything having to do with Christianity, to the cult of baby murder, to a desire to do away with the second Amendment, all of it is there for you to see, documented and self-evident.

Another thing that is evident and self-evident is that they did this exact same thing to a man by the name of Herman Caine back in the 2008 elections. Remember him? Nice, grandfatherly type, soft spoken, with his nine, nine, nine plan? He got accused of rape by a handful of women who amazingly dropped their accusations right after Mister Caine dropped out of presidential contention. Who’d have thunk it? The problem is that they’ve been using the same playbook for so long the people have gotten wise to it. The people, yes, the common folk, those deplorables who are only good for whipping and paying taxes and being told they are ignorant and stupid for believing in God, and that they are worthless to society if they do not embrace every evil under the sun, the people have gotten wise to their tactics. They have cried wolf one too many times, and now no one believes them anymore.

Enough of politics though, because I’m about to get angry, and I don’t want to get angry because when I get angry I tend to run off at the mouth and I may say something that might offend the sensibilities of the modern day two faced hypocrites in the church.

As an aside, there was even talk by a high level staffer in one of the two parties to actually infiltrate the Catholic church and start veering it away from its positions on abortion, homosexual marriage and the such, (all this thanks to Wikileaks by the way, and if you want to know what your elected officials think of you, your faith, your country, and your beliefs, I don’t know, maybe read a few of those e-mail exchanges), but the point I was trying to make is that although they are in the beginning stages of infiltrating the Catholic church, I think they’ve already infiltrated the evangelical church.

If you marched in a gay pride parade waving a rainbow flag but can’t possibly bring yourself to vote for Trump because of something he said eleven years ago, well, let’s just say you are disingenuous at best and leave it at that.

Did you know they just came out with a study that an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be heard sixteen days after conception? Sixteen Days! Let that sink in. 

For the love of all that’s just and noble and human, let that sink in. Sixteen days! Sixteen days after conception you can hear the beating heart of the baby you and your significant other conceived.

But yeah, I’ll vote for the murder mills to keep churning out baby parts because a man said something horrid to another man in a camper eleven years ago.

Trump has a potty mouth; yep, all the reason I needed to vote for the other side!

Sit on the sidelines if you must; your choice, your call. Just do it for the right reasons, and not because some bloated has been on some mountain somewhere is telling you to do it. He’s got round the clock security, and lives in a fortress on a mountain. He will be unaffected by the tide of jihadi warriors coming to exact vengeance on the Great Satan.

We all live with the consequences of our actions, don’t we? Sure, we can repeat the ‘God’s in control’ adage to ourselves to make ourselves feel better about our indecision, but God uses people, He always has, and if the ‘God’s in control’ excuse were a viable one, then Peter, Paul, and the rest of those who died for the gospel’s sake were fools for not simply shutting up, doing nothing, and letting the storm pass over their heads.

God was in control then too, wasn’t He? Why did they have to stand? Why did they have to fight? Why did they have to defend the truth? Why didn’t they just shrug their shoulders, and comfort themselves with the ‘God’s in control’ mantra?

Why even do this show? God’s in Control! Why even preach the gospel? God’s in control! Why did you swerve when that drunk driver veered into your lane? God is in control! Why do anything other than gaze at our navels, pick our noses, and decide on which buffet we will congregate at after we sing a couple hymns and hear a message on the benefits of positive self-esteem? God’s in Control!

I’ve been dealing with this all week, and it’s getting to me. I despise disingenuous arguments. I despise copout mantras that make no sense if they are taken to their logical conclusion. Most of all I despise the weakness and instability of the modern day church, and their inability to incorporate the wisdom of Solomon into their decision making process.

The truth is this: We have a choice between two very flawed candidates. One plans on destroying the very country you and your children reside in and sacrifice on the altar of globalism, while the other has personal moral failings going back eleven years, and chances are a lot more recent than that. One of these two is going to be president. There’s no way around that now.

One of them by all evident data loves this country, surrounds himself with capable, even tempered, and yes, oftentimes Christian individuals, and could just have easily stayed in his penthouse suite, watched soap operas and played with his grand kids the rest of his life, ‘cause let’s face it he doesn’t need the money, while the other has been sucking at the teat of the taxpayer for most of her adult life, and public service has made her a very wealthy woman. The only way you can become wealthy in public service is to use the power and position of your office to peddle the influence thereof for cash. It’s how Romanian politicians are filthy rich while the people are living hand to mouth.

While all this political theater is going on, you have this current administration playing checkers with a chess grandmaster, and trying to pick a fight that they will ultimately lose. The latest, and this is the kind of diplomacy we’ve been getting for the past few years, is that we are planning to allow 9,000 ISIS fighters to escape, so they can attack Russian troops. Simultaneously, Vladimir Putin just ordered Russian Government officials to immediately bring back any of their children or family members who happen to be studying abroad.

This has the potential of turning very ugly, very quickly, and this time the American citizenry will suffer the consequences of our government’s actions in ways as yet not quantified or calculated.

I will make a prediction, again, prediction not prophecy, but the slimmer the chances of the Democrats winning the presidency get, the more this current administration will try to goad the Russians into a skirmish. If they see that their agenda of globalism will be hampered, they will try to take out the Russian threat to it before the inauguration of the next president of these United States.

For these people, the agenda is supreme. It is singular. It is all. There is no family, no love, no friends, no patriotism, no fidelity to one’s constituency, just the agenda. Globalism in all its deformed, decrepit wonder.

So that’s it. That’s the truth. Do with it what you will. Unlike many others I will not tell you what to do because I believe you are intelligent enough to make up your own mind, and follow your heart.

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Homosexual Marriage Part 2 (Radio Show Transcript)

So before we get into this let’s clarify some things for the peanut gallery.

It is likely that whenever you bring up the topic of homosexuality in a crowd, there is always one clown that will bring up the passage in Leviticus where it talks about shellfish and wearing mixed fabrics in the same context as homosexuality.

For some reason that shuts Christians down and for the life of me I don’t understand how that is. Either you don’t know enough of the Word of God to combat this foolish argument, or you’re just averse to confrontation.

There is this push to make the church world think that the topic of homosexuality is reserved to the Old Testament, something we could easily overlook or dismiss because it’s mentioned in the same breath as eating shellfish or wearing mixed fabrics.

Honestly, the only thing I detest more than intellectual dishonesty is intellectual dishonesty perpetrated by an individual void of intellect.

But just in case one of these mental midges brings up the shellfish and the fabric thing whenever discussing this topic refer them to Revelation 22:15.

Revelation 22:15, “But outside are the dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.”

If that passage isn’t quite clear enough, how about 1 Corinthians 6:9-10?

1 Corinthians 6:9-10, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Nope, doesn’t say one thing about those who eat shellfish or who wear mixed fabric clothes, but it sure does mention the sexually immoral doesn’t it? It sure does mention both homosexual, and sodomite doesn’t it?

Come on. It’s intellectually dishonest to try and somehow conclude that the practice of homosexuality is not a sin in the sight of God.

We can get into that whole Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve thing, but it’s childish, and we’re past that. We’re past it because the endgame here isn’t homosexual marriage, it is the desecration of God’s creation, it is the ruin, the violation, the defilement and sacrilege of God’s crowning creation, the only thing created in His image.

This is the devil’s endgame, and the church is just sitting there picking its nose going on about Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve.

The minions of Satan have already moved on from the issue of homosexuality and now the battle ground is transgenderism, a wholly new perversion of God’s creation.

It’s not about how you were born, but what you identify as that trumps everything, including natural law. There are actually people going along with the madness of calling Bruce Jenner Kaitlyn because he put on a dress and some lipstick. Seriously? Come on now. We can’t be this foolish and self-destructive.

All I know is this: if you’re a man wearing a dress trying to go to the same bathroom my little girl just went in, it will take an act of God to keep me from putting you in the dirt.

I’ve had it with this lunacy. I’ve had it with the church sitting by and not even voicing an objection to this rot, this infection, this pollution, this perversion of the natural and the normal.

No, I am not a violent individual. In fact, I have never done violence to anyone in my life save for punching my brother Sergiu in the arm a few times during horseplay. So those of you that were warming up your fingers getting ready to send me a sternly worded rebuke for having the audacity to say I would defend my little girl from pederasts and perverts, spare me.

There is absolutely no passage in the Bible that would mandate my sitting idly by while something like that happened. Period!

I will endure persecution for my Jesus, I will endure trials and tribulations for my Lord, I will suffer the loss of all things for His name’s sake, but there is no glory or spiritual connotation to putting my daughter’s safety at risk because some mentally ill individual decided this was his special playtime.

Once there were warriors among us. Once there were men of valor among us. Once there were those who stood against overwhelming odds because it was the right thing to do, and not the expedient thing to do.

What has happened to the church? The only individuals representing the household of faith right now are either fossils who should have retired with the end of the Reagan administration, or feminized, soft footed, limp wristed girly men who go out of their way to be politically correct from the pulpit lest anyone’s feelings get hurt.

There is no need to discuss homosexual marriage, because homosexuality itself and the practice thereof is a sin in the sight of God. An abomination in fact, and no amount of sensitivity training can get around this fact.

The math is simple on this matter. Do you love God more than you love your sin, or do you love your sin more than you love God?

If you love God more than you love your sin, then you will repent of it, abstain from the practice of it, and draw ever closer to God. If you love your sin more than you love God then you will attempt to find loopholes where none exist, you will attempt to twist the word of God to suit your lifestyle, and you will seek out preachers and teachers that will give you a pass and not insist upon repentance.

Now before we get into this whole ‘animals in the wild sometimes have homosexual tendencies’ red herring, you are not an animal. If you think you are, then that’s on you. You are, as I’ve said before, the crown jewel of God’s creation, with the ability to abstain from sin, with the ability to walk away from it, with the ability to distance yourself from those things you know might lead you to sin in the first place. So enough with the penguin that may have been homosexual.

If we really want to upturn the apple cart and at this juncture why shouldn’t we, what we should really be discussing today isn’t homosexual marriage, but rather why the church by and large has been so silent on the matter, and so unwilling to call sin by its name.

The number one reason the church, or at least those who are the supposed representatives of the church have been so silent on the matter of the sin of homosexuality is because they themselves are compromised.

“Oh, no he didn’t!”

“Oh, yes he did.”

There is a reason the Bible gives detailed instructions as to what a bishop or an overseer of God’s people should be. There is a reason the Word of God gets specific about the virtues a leader should possess, and the vices he ought not possess.

Let’s just read it because this is more telling as to why lethargy, indifference, lukewarmness, and outright apathy has gripped the church.

1 Timothy 3:2-7, “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous, one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”

Now that’s a lot to unpack. Nothing about education, pedigree, the right look, but a lot about being temperate, sober-minded, the husband of one wife, not greedy for money, not covetous, not given to wine, and a plethora of other things.

The reason today’s leaders cannot stand against the darkness is because they fail to meet the criterion set forth by the Word of God for being a leader in the first place, and being compromised individuals themselves, they cannot speak against sin.

It’s hard to rebuke homosexuality when you are getting massages and the such by strange fellows in strange places isn’t it? It’s hard to rebuke adultery when you’re on your third marriage, and your previous two wives have filed restraining orders because you were known to drink a little too much and use their faces as punching bags.

It’s hard to rebuke drinking when you get arrested for a DUI. It’s hard to preach against the dangers of drugs when a search of your car turns up crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

The reason the world is slip sliding into hell is because the spiritual leaders we’ve appointed in authority over us are men who will not speak the truth for fear of being called out on their own sin.

The reason the church is largely ineffective in the world is because those who ought to be preaching the righteousness of God and holiness unto God are too busy pandering to whoever will give them the biggest donation or finance the purchase of their next mansion.

How much do you have to hate someone not to tell them the truth? How much do you have to hate someone not to tell them that save for repentance and being washed clean in the blood of Christ they will spend eternity in the outer darkness where there is but weeping and gnashing of teeth.

You can’t have your sin and Jesus too. That’s just the way it is. Just as an adulterer must repent of his adultery to be reconciled unto God, just as a liar must repent of his lying in order to be reconciled unto God, a homosexual must repent of his homosexuality in order to be reconciled unto God.

Just as there is no such thing as a vegan carnivore, there is no such thing as a homosexual Christian. The terms are mutually exclusive. You may have been homosexual then by having found Jesus you no longer practice it, but you cannot be reconciled to God and still actively practice homosexuality.

Through repentance, Jesus will forgive your sin, but He will not pander to it. There are no special dispensations for homosexuals wherein they can keep living in sin and still be walking in God’s will.
What we have to realize that although homosexuality is a sin like any other, it is also different than any other sin in that for those who practice it, it becomes their identity.

The last time I checked there were no onanist pride parades, or fornicator pride parades, or adulterer pride parades, or liar pride parades, but there sure are a plethora of homosexual pride parades aren’t there?

Homosexuality is one of those sins that consumes the entirety of an individual and they define themselves by this one thing.

The number two reason the church, or at least those who are the supposed representatives of the church have been so silent on the matter of the sin of homosexuality is because they have altogether stopped preaching repentance, or the need for repentance.

We’ve embraced this la-dee-da, do what you want God needs to fill heaven sort of mentality, and we have altogether done away with the Word of God as pertains to salvation and what is incumbent upon us to do in order to attain eternal life.

We choose to gloss over or otherwise pretend as though we’ve forgotten that Jesus told the adulterous woman to go and sin no more, or that He along with all His disciples preached repentance, or a turning away from the world and the things thereof.

How can men know of the need for repentance when those we’ve entrusted with feeding the sheep refuse to speak of it? How can men know of the need for repentance when instead of feeding the sheep of God’s pasture, the so-called shepherds are too busy stuffing their own pockets?

When the Word tells us that without holiness no man shall see God, it is not exaggerating and it is not hyperbolizing. We need to stop listening to the fools who insist on twisting the Bible to suit the masses, and widen the path that is by Christ’s own declaration, narrow.

The third reason the church, or at least those who are the supposed representatives of the church have been so silent on the matter of the sin of homosexuality is because it’s good cover for their own failings and shortcomings.

In the twisted minds of some, if we can somehow agree that homosexuality is no longer a sin, then nothing can be deemed a sin any longer. If this is not an abomination in the sight of God, then why would He have a problem with a little pyramid scheme, or being overly friendly with the secretary, or using church funds to see the world first class, or dozens of other things for which men’s consciences once troubled them, but no longer.

We love to play the comparison game. “I may be bad, but at least I’m not as bad as so and so.”

“I may have had an inappropriate relationship with the deacon’s wife, but at least I didn’t text pictures of myself to teenage boys.” Thank kind of justification. If you don’t know who did it, it’s been done, and by a high profile preacher to boot.

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With love in Christ, 
Michael Boldea Jr. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Homosexual Marriage Part 1 (Radio Show Transcript)

Made it back safe and sound, and the Knoxville conference was very substantive. For those of you who were there and came up to say you listened to the radio program, or read the blog, thank you, and I pray you made it home safe and sound. The following is part one of a radio program transcript regarding the topic of homosexual marriage. Since some of you said you would like to read the transcripts, I will be posting them once in a while. Having read through them I realize there is a lot of meat there, well worth a read. I do not remember the date this particular program aired, but since it mentions the Dallas conference it was well before March of this present year.

And now, on to the topic of the week which is, and whoever came up with this, thanks, homosexual marriage.

No, I will not call it gay marriage, because I will not play into the hijacking of a perfectly nice word for nefarious means.

So it’s homosexual marriage. If I were to sit here and discuss homosexual marriage with you, I would fall into the same snare as so many preachers today have already fallen into.

The issue is not homosexual marriage. The issue, as far as eternity is concerned is whether the practice of homosexuality is still a sin in the eyes of God.

We cannot leapfrog over this most important of questions, and go right to homosexual marriage, because if engaging in homosexual acts is still an abomination in the sight of God, then no paper in the world will legitimize it or make it less than what it is.

So the question we ought to be asking first and foremost is whether the practice of homosexuality is still a sin in the sight of God.

The answer to this all important question is an unequivocal yes, just as adultery, fornication, murder, theft, lying, and a plethora of other practices are still sin in the sight of God.

We cannot take one thing among the many that God has deemed sinful, and decide that the practice thereof is no longer a sin. That is lunacy on its face, yet there are still supposed preachers trying to excuse the practice of this perversion, and call it normal.

There was even a case wherein a very well-known preacher tried to insinuate that Jonathan and David had a homosexual relationship because their bond of friendship was so strong. All I can say to that is blood of Jesus.

If God abhors the sin of Sodomy, how could David be a man after God’s own heart if he practiced the selfsame sin God abhors?

Come on now, let’s be honest here. Someone did the math, they realized that homosexual men have disposable income, and they concluded that if one spiritual leader threw them a bone, that individual would be someone they could get behind, no pun intended.

And so, for the sake of the bottom line, a supposed man of God compromised himself, twisted the Word of God, and now you have those who are unwilling to part with their sin pointing to this selfsame man as the deciding arbiter in this contentious back and forth.

“Who are you to say it’s a sin when brother Jakes says it’s not, and that David was likely gay? Huh? Do you have his following? Do you have His influence? Were you on Oprah?”

Nope, can’t say that I have his following, can’t say I have his influence, nor can I say I was on Oprah, but I have the Word of God, and the Word of God must remain the final authority.

No, I am not being cynical about this. I am being a realist about it. Look, full disclosure: I have been in ministry since the age of twelve. I know how ministry works, and to be as blunt and forcefully honest with you as I can, you have to fight tooth and nail not to follow in the footsteps of those whose singular goal is growth even at the expense of truth.

The grooves are set so deep, the expectation is so pervasive, that if you don’t double your audience, or double your support, or double your income every other year, you are a failure.

This is why remaining true to God’s Word and being faithful to the end is a battle to the end. I’ve lost long time, faithful, and financially substantial supporters to this ministry because I would not compromise the truth.

I know it’s easy on paper, but when someone who makes up 20-30% of your ministry’s finances throws down the gauntlet and says “unless you rescind, apologize for, or otherwise explain away this particular text in the Bible I can no longer support your ministry,” if you are not wholly committed to and trusting in Jesus, you will try to find a way to please man.

This is what I find so insidious in some churches sometimes. The people who are financially well off are appointed to the elder board to stroke their ego, and they use the threat of withholding finances to get the pastor to tailor his message, and basically preach what he is told to preach.

This is why the disciples had something on the side, something they could earn their daily bread doing, so they wouldn’t be beholden to any man, so they wouldn’t have to kowtow, and pander, and genuflect, and prostrate themselves at the drop of a hat, or the jangling of some change.

Before you ask, yes, I have something on the side by which I earn my daily bread. I’m good at it, I can make a comfortable living doing it, so I don’t need to grovel, and boot lick, and tailor the Word of God to suit someone who promises to send the ministry a big check if I just stop talking about this one little thing.

Far too many preachers and pastors today are prisoners of their own greed and success. They live in the opulent gilded cages they’ve built for themselves on the back of the sheep, and now they have to sing for their supper just to maintain the cartoonish lavishness to which they have become accustomed.
How many pools do you really need before it’s one too many? Just asking!

Would you be any less dead if the car you were in when the semi collided with you was worth fifty thousand rather than three hundred thousand?

All good questions, food for thought…Why don’t we just call it what it is? It’s pride!

Now if you had invented a new kind of porta-potty, or mustache wax, or whatever else, then by all means go buy yourself the fanciest things your porta-potty money can get you. But if you are peddling the Word of God and preying on retirees and pensioners trying to wring the last dime out of their wrinkled, arthritic fingers, then at the very least do something good with the money like, I don’t know, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, things Jesus hinted at and such. Don’t go around buying palaces you could house half a neighborhood in, and cars that are worth more than the homes your parishioners live in.

It’s unseemly. It’s vile. Or, if you want to use the newest catch phrase, it’s bad optics.

Alright, enough of that, veering back to the topic at hand. Not trying to avoid it, but it’s what happens when you off the cuff an hour’s worth of talking. Sometimes you get sidetracked.

The whole of the notes I have for today’s program is a handful of scripture references, and a reminder to tell you about the Dallas conference I will be speaking at in March. 

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.