why I choose to be REAL–the Horror of HELL

The past year has been more than a learning curve-more like a neverending LEARNING HIGHWAY/instruction manual. I’ve found out a lot about a few people that I wished I’d never learned..but in the process discovered much about myself, my husband, my kids and the value of true friendship, too.

I’ve grown up hearing that as Christians, we’re to be examples for the worldmy views about that haven’t changed. What’s changed is how I think we’re supposed to let the world see JESUS in our lives. I thank GOD for allowing our family to live & belong to another culture for several years because HE used it to reshape and hone our views on sharing the gospel of CHRIST.

The WORD indeed says, Let your light so shine before men, abstain from the very appearance of evil, be ye doers of the WORD, not hearers only, and on and on. I’m a PK turned PW-I use church lingo fluently. I’ve done it in ways I’m not proud-to be transparent. IT says: Lay aside ALL filthiness & overflow of wickedness-receive with meekness the implanted WORD which is able to save your souls-IT also says; If anyone among you thinks he’s religious-but doesn’t BRIDLE his tongue-but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is USELESS.

Pure & undefiled religion before GOD and the Father is this: to visit orphans & widows in their trouble and to keep oneself unspotted by the world.

My favorite misrepresented verse is: 1Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from EVERY form of evil. Let me be clear; it wasn’t put in GOD’S WORD for us to pull out & sling at a brother we see having a beer or a sister filing for divorce. We can’t pick & choose based on how we feel about drinking or divorce. In the south, especially- people think nothing about smoking a cigarette, but drinking is a big sin. But-there are equally as many Christians, who will not smoke or drink (but are themselves extremely overweight) believing that nicotine is a drug-the same as alcohol. You go there and you’re going to hear THE WORD states that we are not to be gluttons, too.

I’m not saying who’s right or who’s wrongJesus said in Matthew 11:18-John came neither eating nor drinking & they say, He has a demon. The Son of Man (referring to Himself) came eating & drinking, and they say, Look, a glutton & a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners. But WISDOM is justified by her children. Based on HIS words, personal convictions vary, which leaves it up to you and me to identify ours without unnecessarily judging someone else.

Why do so many church people feel they have a GOD GIVEN mandate to dictate what their Pastor should teach? Spiritual leaders do not get the respect that they once did and baby boomer experts say that it’s because the baby boomers want to be in charge of it all; who..ME?

I don’t expect that church people bow down before any man-please DO NOT misunderstand me. GOD is the only one worthy of any praise and I’m disgusted by arrogant men or women in pastoral leadership who abuse their position. I just read about a well known pastor in New Zealand-who demands that those in his & his wife’s presence, don’t begin eating until AFTER he and she do. I haven’t been in their company-so I’m repeating REPORTS-but, if it’s true, that is insane! I’m not talking about that kind of IDOL worship-I’m saying..a man called by GOD should be allowed to preach what’s on his heart, as long as it matches up with GOD’S WORD. It’s VITAL that all of us STUDY to SHOW ourselves approved-so that we can rightly divide the WORD of GOD. Chipper spends more hours than you can imagine every week preparing his sermons. Granted-some pastors take too much leeway with internet sermon packages, but most are serious about their messages and spend ample time preparing them.

The BIBLE gives instruction to the church: Therefore, we urge you brethren, to recognize those who labor among you & are over you in the LORD and admonish you, and to esteem them VERY highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. We exhort you, brethren, to warn the unruly and comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. REJOICE always. Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of GOD in CHRIST JESUS for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Don’t despise prophesies but TEST all things, hold fast to what is good…

Pastors are being forced to leave their pulpits every week because a few don’t like the content of the pastor’s messages. We need to abide by the WORD-a man called to preach is obligated to proclaim the WORD..the good & bad, the comforting bits & searing bits. THAT is the charge on his life and when the church forbids it, they will be held accountable sooner or later.

It’s true-people can’t stand before GOD and use anyone else as an excuse for not accepting CHRIST. But, I don’t want my entrance spoiled by someone claiming that I didn’t do my part. Just to hear it said Depart from  ME, I never Knew You is horrible-but, what if that person were screaming out..Lis! Lis Morgan! Why didn’t you act like it was more important? TELL GOD you didn’t DO YOUR JOB, beg HIM to give me one last chance. I don’t want to go to HELL!

We will be held ACCOUNTABLE for those we turn away from the faith. THE WORD says that we’d be better off with a millstone hung around our neck and dropped to the bottom of the ocean. For me, that’s perfect imagery from the WORD MASTER! It takes a while to sink to the bottom of the ocean; you can only hold your breath for so long..I have COPD, so I know how petrifying it is not being able to breathe. It’s impossible to FATHOM the HORROR of HELL.

Our church is different. Well, it’s great if a church takes blankets to a hospital while the news films it. But, I wonder if the kids living in the projects around the church feel snubbed-because they aren’t loved & welcomed with opened arms. My guess? They’re treated that way because they’re poor or the wrong color.

I’ll never forget seeing a church member grab a six year old boy roughly one Wednesday evening because the kid didn’t have a pair of clean pants to come to church in-so he wore some of his older brother’s. The man was convinced that this boy was demonstrating gangsta behavior & influencing the good kids the wrong way. He tied a rope around the kid’s waist and sent him across the fence-sobbing. Even though that was NOT the case..WHAT if it had been? Isn’t the church to be a SHINING light–the city on a hill?

THE WORD defines PURE & UNDEFILED religion so I don’t need to add my two cents worth, other than to say that I do not want to be associated with that style of Christianity and make no apologies for it. I’m a missionary, so nobody believes in GLOBAL missions more than me, but, if you aren’t willing to reach out to those living next door, why not save your cash for another plaque to honor somebody. GOD knows our hearts better than we know them and one day we’ll answer about how we treat one another on this earth.

Pure & undefiled religion gives us freedom to do whatever HE leads us to do in order to share HIS LOVE with this world. It helps to remind ourselves of that responsibility and to realize that the goal is not to impress each other with charitable deeds-it’s all about bringing glory and honor to HIM!

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