The events of the last few days could have had the right kind of finish. There is still hope but there is much work to be done.
“Except a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
This is the basis of any believer, leader, and church that name the name of Christ.
Having said that, a couple of lessons come to mind.
Lesson One: Never put out a common statement that lines up with the Bible and then turn your back on it.
In a flurry of blogs, in particular from GCMWatch, and, allegedly, after watching an unprecedented episode of strong arm tactics by a known practicing homosexual, OC Allen against the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops, we have watched the leader of this organization, Bishop Delano Ellis, use every bit of influence and eloquence to quell the raging sea.
The stormy perverted seas of LGBT in the church.
Notice that I said, in the church.
From within the ranks of this organization, we have seen individuals speak their minds about confronting “fraudulent” or “fake” Bishops that enter the ranks of the College. Such open discussion was on the Joint College’s FB page. It goes to show you that there are people that want to speak with their minds about the conviction of the Scriptures as opposed to upholding the institution. When a systematic shut down of those come into play, it is a godfather move to keep in fighting among themselves.
And yes, it shows that it is out of control but when the Word of God is not even brought to bear on why this was brought about in the first place, it is no different than preventing access, or revealing to the world what really happened, like Fast and Furious.
Is this anyway to behave as representatives of the Head of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ? Who in the world are we trying to fool. Sadly, we have done a good job fooling ourselves that we are doing a great service. Only to realize that we have done a disastrous disservice to people that may want to be a part of a prestigious institution to provide credibility, safe association, and Christian fellowship, reflecting and honoring Jesus, our Savior.
The Bible, in strict obedience to God and His Word, is what gives a person and the church its legitimacy. And even if the supposed adherents fail to live by the standards of the Word of God, the Bible remains legitimate because of its Author. God.
He and His Word is final and absolute authority.
Any institution that claims to uphold the standards of the Word of God, yet, capitulate, only brings into question the integrity and credibility of the leadership of the institution. In other words, could they be trusted? And if I were to assume the credentials of the institution, will I be taken seriously or will I be a laughing stock?
Am I real or am I a clown?
Clowns do wear clothing but does the clothing represent the seriousness of an institution or is it just something to wear because people will not take me seriously anyway?
No matter your affiliation, if we name the name of Christ, we are to depart from iniquity. We are hurting because of these events but this is the time to make things right with God first.
The Bible is very simple and basic. In fact it is determined that the level of reading comprehension for the King James Version is high school 12th grade.
When the Bible is clear about sin and its only remedy, it is important to keep things very simple. Man is complex and takes too much pride in complicating a very simple principle.
The issue is clear.
Homosexuality is a sin.
Practicing homosexuals are not righteous. Just as anyone that intentionally practices sin is not righteous. Just in case you do not understand, I mean, a person that sins on purpose. A deliberate act of rebellion against the known will of God. Trespass. Lawlessness.
There is a considerable risk when you point sin out. People that love sin will hate you for telling them that what is pleasurable is a sin. But is sin really pleasurable?
First, sin disconnects a person from God.
GOD HATES SIN.
So because God hates sin, we too, must hate sin. Sin brings death (Romans 5:12). So why would we love to do something that brings death? Because of the momentary pleasure, we delve into it, head long.
Second, sin is responsible for death. We die first to God. In other words, we, in sin, do not respond to God. And then we die physically to enter into eternity, with or without Christ.
That’s what the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about. To bring an eternal remedy to the spiritual malady called sin. Anyone that is in any institution that has anything to do with God and is not about church business, if sin is permitted anywhere in leadership or followship, it is a failed institution.
We already know that the leadership at JCAAPB capitulated on their stand against the sin of homosexuality. The damage control is in full swing. It’s now a determination about how to smooth out the rough edges of the story, maintain support, determine who is on who’s side, and reprove, and bring in line those that may have a mind of their own.
First, it is without saying that the side you better be on is the side of God.
“Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that the friendship with the world is enmity (hostile) with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
Thank God that this is not OT times. All the leaders that offended God were hung (see Numbers 25:4). Nonetheless, the punishment is more severe. Especially when you know the truth of the Word of God according to James 3:1.
Second, the standard of God is clear. When we say one thing and then we do another, it is hypocrisy.
You call yourselves men and women of God. How about standing up for God for a change and let your institution fall if it had to just to insure you are dealing with a situation according to the Scriptures?
God will honor those that honor Him and His Word. The assault that was stopped in heaven continues in the earth, and now in the churches where sin is excused and not confronted?
This can’t be.
Not on our watch.
Lesson Two: Do Not Be A Hypocrite
Pity the leader that go out of their way to protect an institution while they walk away from the God of truth.
For years, l lived as a hypocrite. Every Sunday until 2009. While approaching the pulpit the Holy Spirit would impress upon my spirit that I was not right. I was a bald faced hypocrite. The sin of porn and masturbation, lustfully watching women and filing their “figure” in my mind to masturbate off of; raged in my flesh until the Lord said to me….
“Come Clean. Or be exposed!”
As I look back, I realized my role in facilitating sin in His church.
When we do not take sin seriously, we are perpetrating fraud. We are not who we say we are. We are not perfect, but we can stop sinning. We have been delivered from the power and the guilt of sin and we can walk away from temptation of sin with the help of the Holy Spirit and by strictly obeying the Word to flee sexual immorality.
Hypocrisy blinds the best of us and if we do not deal with hypocrisy, we will never be effective in reaching the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. Many sinners say that there are too many hypocrites in the church and depending upon where you go, they may not be lying.
What is important is how will they fix what happened?
It is important that we take the next step and make the necessary changes that pleases the Father God in heaven, on His holy throne, His Excellency, Psalm 8:1.
If you decide to make a stand against sin, you will not be loved. Whether by those in the church that live carnal lives or sinners in the world.
But stand against sin, we must.
Jesus paid a terrible price for our redemption. We dishonor the memory of Jesus when we sin knowing that He died to free us from the guilt and power of sin.
Arguing points of decision making is helpful for a “lesson’s learned” perspective, but the goal is not to score personal points. The goal is to restore the God of our Bible, and His Word to its rightful place.
If we fail to honor the Word of God we are no different than the Pharisees and Sadducees that circumvented the commandment of God with their traditions. In other words, they loved their edicts more than they love God and the Word of God.
For doing this, the Lord had a leadership sermon that is appropriate for today.
The sermon: Hypocrites
When you put out a statement about the sin of homosexuality and you violate your own principle, embedded in the Word of God, the unmistakeable sent of dead fish fills the room.
If you want to bring honor back to an institution, we must honor God and His Word. The pain of losing sin and the sin of hypocrisy is much less than to be denied in heaven by Jesus. To know Him is to keep His commandments. Not when it is convenient but when it is difficult. In the face of all odds. When LGBT wants you to compromise and walk away from the God of heaven and earth for the pleasures of this world.
We can’t seem to understand that the quest to rule is as old as the beginning.
And OC Allen and his love for the sin of homosexuality is no different. He can’t be a brother Bishop because he is brother to satan. This is not character assassination or judging. This is calling a man’s sin out in the open and it must be dealt with in truth and in God’s love for the sinner.
“Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” is the message of the hour.
When we no longer command men everywhere to repent, what good is having a church?
This is the spirit of error and antichrist that is already in the earth. To stand against the righteous nature of Jesus is the spirit of antichrist or anti Anointed One. To live in blatant sin is the spirit of antichrist. Anti Jesus. Anti righteousness. Anti holiness. And you can only be for perversion when Christ is out of the way.
We can’t see that all satan wants is for sin to be legitimized, justified, and ratified by God’s highest creation. Because satan, a disembodied spirit, want complete expression of sin and what better way to do it than in God’s own creation.
A little humility would go a long ways to mending the fences.
What should we expect when leaders drop the ball?
Perhaps a suggested plain statement would help (without eloquence)…..
“Folks, we missed God on this. The events that led to this didn’t have to happen. We should have been more forth coming about these events, and we dropped the ball. No person that harbors sin in their lives and desire to be a leader should have darkened the doorstep of this institution. We repent and ask God’s forgiveness and mercy for turning our backs on Him and His Word. We ask for your forgiveness as we fall on our face before God. We endeavor to restore integrity and credibility by putting God and His Word first. We renounce hypocrisy in any form by being true examples to the believers in word, conduct, faith, love, and purity. To those that expressed concern about this institution, we join in your quest for the truth and we stand together to confront all sin, especially those that are trapped in the sin of homosexuality. We will work hard to help anyone in sin to come out of it by extending the gospel of Jesus Christ to them to deliver and set them free.”
So what will it be?
Hypocrisy or Truth.