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Let’s Do It Again…

Well, God through His infinite wisdom (and through the Shed Blood of His Son) saw fit to allow me to see another year – and I am eternally grateful.

Subsequently, God has ordained that this blog continue to expose His enemies and draw all men to Him through His Son, and I am humbled that he would use a wretched man like me to labor on His behalf.

I’d love to be as wistful and deep as I was last year, but I used up all my pretty words – so I’ll simply draw your attention to the top 25 articles read on the blog this year (in their respective order):

Title Views  
“Why Aren’t More Blacks Interested In Re 11,030  
“Pulpit Pimps”…Too Harsh? 4,250  
Ah, C’mon…Another One? ***UPDATE*** 3,983  
Why I Speak Truth 3,771  
The Black Value System Vs. The Bible 3,426  
Is Pastor John Hunter of First AME L.A. 2,525  
“…get me my money!” 2,409  
Ahhh, Now I Know Why…***UPDATED*** 2,284  
Is Hillsong Church A Cult? 2,129  
Fred K.C. Price…Apostle? 2,034  
Happy Birthday, False Prophetess! 1,845  
Studying The Bible: The Topical Method 1,833  
The Prince Pimp Of Baltimore Endorses Ob 1,821  
Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy… 1,815  
Roman Catholicism Is A False Religion 1,787  
False “Prophetess” Bynum’s Birthday Pict 1,786  
“…materialism, flashy self-promotion, 1,722  
So, Todd Bentley Is A Drunk? 1,566  
The Cursing Preacher and the $900,000 “D 1,558  
Earl Paulk’s Neph-Son Donnie Earl – Maki 1,521  
The Pimp of Hampton Finally Paid His Bil 1,510  
The Musings of “Apostle” Fred K.C. Price 1,490  
The “Spiritual Covering” Lie Gone Wrong 1,463  
Pimps – The Gathering 1,367  
D.E. Paulk Has Officially Lost His Mind 1,335

For 2010, I will be just as indignant with false teachers and their pimpistries, but I will not be incendiary just for show. I will write as the Lord allows and only what He allows.

I pledge to piss off more comfortable Christian’s for the sake of getting them to read the Word of God for themselves.

I will stoke the anger of pimp and wolve apologists even more, hopefully prompting more death threats than I got in 2009.

I will go even further into the Word (for my own study and in articles that I will write) to exalt the Word of God even higher than I did in 2009 (providing even more antidote to the false gospel that permeates the airwaves today).

I will  not entertain those who attempt to use this blog to spread their false and viscous distortions of God’s Word…there are plenty of bootlicker blogs that will let you fawn all over the pimps de jour, so go visit them instead.

I will continue to wave the Blood-stained banner of Christ. Period.

So, let’s do it again folks…

*UPDATED*: Marketing The Gospel – Bad Or Good?

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My recent article on church marketing (“Jesus Is Not A Brand”) really got me thinking about marketing the Gospel.

As I stated in the article, I don’t intend on being a rigid “traditionalist”, but I’m just tired of seeing horrific examples of cheap gimmicks that are passed off as “evangelism”.

I mean, c’mon…“Pimp My Church”?

Really?

I was recently made aware of some folks who are trying to get “it” right- and I realize that I’m not against marketing (per se…the jury is still out…), but I AM against bad marketing.

That said, what do you think?

Feel free to respond to the poll, leave a comment, or both. If you want to defend it, then do so with sound scripture. If you want to rip it apart (as I have in the past), then defend yourself.

So, what do you say?

*UPDATE 1/14/09*: When I originally wrote this article, I forgot to mention an example of tasteful (and effective) church marketing. Regular contributor (and fellow blogger) Pastor Jim was featured in an article that detailed his marketing efforts when first planting his suburban Atlanta church a few years ago:

“Reaching Out or Selling Out?”

Jim Moon started his church with cold calls. Presented with 10,000 names to call, his core group thought he was crazy. But three months later, they launched a church.

Marketing methods, such as cold calling, have long created a canyon of division and controversy within the church. On one edge of the canyon are those that claim “selling” your church with telephone calls or radio ads is “selling-out” to the world. Across the divide are those that claim marketing techniques gleaned from the consumer world can equip the church to more effectively accomplish its goals.

Here’s where a potential disaster (e.g. “emergent church”) was averted and an example of successful marketing took place instead:

“I feel like I could start a business now from all that I learned about marketing,” he continued, with a sigh of relief that the start-up stage of Crosspoint is over. Reflecting on his journey, Moon describes his overall approach as “unmarketing.” These days he focuses on straight talk about Christ and sin. “What we’re ‘selling’ is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s hard to compete when you’re preaching the Gospel. It’s not a popular product because it tells you what’s wrong with you first,” says Moon. “There are people out there selling an experience, trying to remove all the barriers – including sin. They are an abomination because they don’t talk about Jesus Christ.

Amen, Pastor Jim.

The Things I’ve Learned…

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It has been a very interesting year.

In His infinite wisdom and sovereign grace, God through Jesus Christ saw fit to allow the cloud of delusion to be lifted from my eyes for a literal moment – long enough to see that I was in submission to a scripture-twisting pimp who got more and more wealthy (and brazenly heretical) as his congregation grew poorer and more hopeless.

As I fled the plantation with my family and the remains of my self-respect, I developed and insatiable thirst for the TRUE Word of God, and I committed to reading His Word for myself instead of being spoon-fed by those with malcontent in their hearts. Through God’s grace, the gelatinous mass between my ears began to thaw – transforming me from a subservient drone to a student of the Word – and a walking, breathing BS detector with the ability to spot a false teacher a mile away.

Thus, the inception and development of the blog you read today.

Along the way, my mind has been exercised – and I’ve learned quite a few things, namely that you folks enjoyed reading these top 8 articles I posted in 2008:

  1. Why I Speak Truth  – 1,592 views

I learned that there are some excellent blogs out there defending the Gospel of Jesus Christ (just take a gander at my blogroll on the right column of this page) – including some of the newest additions to my personal reading list:

I learned that no matter how the wolves, vipers, false teachers, pulpit pimps et al deceive the sheep, there are legions who will defend their shenanigans to the fullest – as evidenced by the countless hate emails and death threats I have received this year (although the hate has been tapering off for the past few months…I guess I need to poke the vipers with a bigger stick in 2009).

I learned that as detached as I try to make myself appear, I get vehemently upset when I read of/hear/am informed of a pimps assault on God’s people – and I weep when I receive a note of thanks from those who gather the strength to flee. I know that I am a wretched man apart from the Blood of Jesus Christ – and that my daily surrender of my sinful flesh to the Will of God is a just enough to keep me from becoming one of the dolts I blog against. I am not stupid enough to think that I am anything more than a pawn in God’s plan – and I am ever humbled that He would find me worthy of His service.

I learned that there are still thoughtful pastors out there who care for the sheep more than they do their own wallets – and I am fortunate enough to have them read and comment on this blog.

I learned that there are awesome men and women of God who agree and disagree with me throughout the comment threads here. They admonish, chastice, and encourage me publicly and privately, and agree to disagree without being disagreeable. They bless me with their wit and insight, and pray for me when I teeter close to “the edge”.

Finally, I learned that what started out as one man’s public venting space has in fact become a ministry. No, not a building fund money begging, 3 services a day having, pastor & 1st lady Bently driving ministry – an earnest, grassroots call to a return to traditional, historical, biblical Christianity.

I invite you to join me as I venture down this “blog road” in 2009. I can’t guarantee that I won’t use harsh (yet not vulgar) language, that I won’t call out one of your favorite ministers, or that I won’t get so angry that I nearly toss my computer across the room while revealing the latest blow to the Body of Christ.

I can guarantee, however, that I will remain as humble as I can (through God’s grace) – and that I will without hesitation always honor God through His Son Jesus Christ…and I will continue to speak truth as the Lord wills – and leads.

In Case You Didn’t Notice…

…I’m off enjoying some time away with my family – and praying that you and yours are doing the same as well.

I’ll be back in limited capacity the week of 12/29 – and back up to full speed the week of 1/5.

May the God of peace keep you safe during this season, and that you glorify Him through His Son as we celebrate His birth.

President Barack Obama. He Did It…Now What?

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Well, Barack Obama has done it.

He won.

This isn’t a joke, or a flashback to President David Palmer’s election on Fox TV’s “24” (or his brother’s election to succeed him).

The citizens of the United States of America have actually elected a Black man (well, a biracial man) as the next President of the United States of America – and leader of the free world.

I can’t say that I am surprised, given the support that Obama has had for quite some time. Even though I have voiced my continued opposition to his candidacy, I am man enough to take a moment to acknowledge the historical weight of this event – and to (yet again) humbly witness the sovereign will of God.

Hold on a moment Obama supporters. Before you start writing new books to add to the bible to herald your next messiah, please know that the world won’t just change overnight because there is a new Captain at the helm of the ship. Oh, and unlike the woman in the video below, please continue to pay for your mortgage and your gasoline as the new President-Elect won’t be doing that for you…just yet:

I thought this day would never happen. I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage, you know, if I help them, they help me.

Lord have mercy. Let us pray for the new President – that the Lord’s will be done in his administration. Let us also pray for this nation – particularly for the millions of voters who sincerely believe they’ve just elected Christ Himself.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (New American Standard Bible)

1 First of all, then, I urge that (A)entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,

2 (B)for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

I Did It (I Mean, I Didn’t Do It)…

I have explained at length that I do not support John McCain or Barack Obama – primarily because I believe that neither espouse true Christian values, even though they profess Christianity with their mouths.

I did not come to this decision lightly – I stayed in serious prayer (and the Word of God), and I realized that I couldn’t trump my allegiance to God with my affinity for those who share my race. Since I have been open and honest about my take on this year’s major presidential candidates, I thought it was only fitting that I close the loop on my personal decision & formally conclude the matter.

I participated in Georgia’s early voting process several weeks ago.

I thought about my grandmother – who was the direct descendant of Tennessee slaves, and always lowered her head and called white folks “yessa” and “nossa” (no matter the age) until her death at age 92.

I though about my parents who fought to place me in a home in a comfortable middle class neighborhood after raising my older brothers and sisters in housing projects.

I thought about the racial slurs hurled at me and my buddies growing up in the city – in the late 70″s and early 80’s!

I thought about my own children who revel in their comfortable “middleclassness”, and who have benefited (along with me and my wife) from people who held tightly to their God-ordained convictions.

I voted for county commissioners, judges, senators, the district attorney for my county, school board members, and county initiatives and bond issues.

I did not vote for John McCain or Barack Obama.

I don’t say that flippantly or as a cast-away remark. It was one of the hardest things I had ever done (or not done, in this case). I can talk as big and bad as I want to, but when confronted with the opportunity to vote for a viable (in many eyes) black candidate – I prayed hard and with conviction…in the polling place!

As painful as it was to my flesh, the indwelling Holy Spirit comforted me as I stood firm in my godly convictions.

The only thing that I vehemently advocate on this blog is self study of the Word of God and the avoidance of false teachers of all persuasions. Vote for who you want to vote for, and don’t blame me for inflaming an already tense election cycle or promoting apathy.

Oh, and I’m thick skinned so continuing to call me a “sell-out nigger”, “Uncle Tom” or “Black Judas” in my email will only drive me closer to God. Besides, you’ve got to get in line with all of the hate mail and death threats I get from the pimp defenders anyway – and you’ll be at the end of a very long line.

Unlike many, I’m not trying to vote for the next “Jesus” (black or white, Republican or Democrat) – I’ll simply put my trust in the real One instead:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

The “Christian Right”: Holding Their Noses & Supporting John McCain

For the umpteenth time – I do not support John McCain or Barack Obama, primarily because I don’t believe that either of them are true Christians. I’ve written (at length) about both of the candidates, but I’m starting to get a chuckle while watching the “Christian Right” hold their noses and choke back the vomit while endorsing John McCain – particularly since it’s no secret that they openly detested one another until Sarah Palin magically landed on McCain’s ticket.

My brother Independent Conservative’s latest foray into McCainland is a look at the Messiah-complex on the other side of the aisle. Not to be content with letting Obama’s supporters deify him, McCain’s camp is getting in the trinket business:

The God Is My Co-Pilot, But John McCain Is My Wingman Heresy.

by @ 6:40 pm. Filed under Nuts on Parade

I noticed an online advertisement today, that basically takes a heretical statement and compounds it. I’m sure you who have learned God’s place is above your own, already know God is not anybody’s “co-pilot”. So you already know how horrible it is to claim the creator of all things is somehow sharing or even under your command. Given somebody has to be in the role of “pilot” and the “God is my co-pilot” statement places God as equal or subservient to man. And we all know, when we get on a plane, we don’t consider the co-pilot as leader, but rather the pilot. Anyway, God made all things, including humans who fly planes, see Psalm 139:13. So He’s way above even “pilot”.

But this advertisement I saw today. Here’s the actual product page. Take a look at this:

John McCain: Wingman 3.5″ Button (blue) 

TEXT READS: God may be my co-pilot, but John McCain is my wingman.

God, creator of all things, creator of the creator of the button, gets a “may be” placing at “co-pilot”. And then John McCain gets wingman honors. Since when did God become so common to man, that we treat Him that way? And since when did John McCain become so near deity, that he gets to play the role of “wingman” to God’s “co-pilot” status? It’s just heresy compounded with more heresy.

Click on the title to read the excellent article in it’s entirety. Also, take a look at how McCain is now “opening up” about his “faith”:

Talking the Walk

After years of ambiguity, Senator McCain reveals his spiritual side for public viewing. How will evangelicals respond?

Of course McCain is starting to “open up” about his faith (which in McCainland that means he’s not frowning or grumbling as much)- he’s loosing in every national poll, and even more points disappear when Sarah Palin opens her mouth without a handler nearby. It’s gotten so bad that they’re even “preaching him up” in pulpits across the country.

Oh, and if you need a reminder as to why the “Christian Right” detests John McCain, remember that:

All in all, it’s pretty funny to watch. The Right has effectively portrayed Barack Obama as the Devil in black skin – in direct opposition to Obama supporters who have anointed him as the “new jesus”. Yet in all their moral indignation, they have to bite their tongues and cast their votes for a man that they absolutely abhor.

Ah…American politics…ain’t it grand?

Just a gentle reminder – if you pin your hopes on either one of these bozos to dramatically increase the quality of your life, then you are sadly mistaken.

Our only hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ – and in Him ALONE.

 


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