My friend, Brother Kevin Boudreau, shared a link about former mayor Michael Bloomberg. I thank Kevin for bringing this to my attention.
Many people believe that their good works will get them into heaven.
Not so fast.
A couple of years ago, the mayor saw a video demanding that he repent and change his ways or the city was going down. All of a sudden, mortality comes into play.
When you see people declaring that they will get into heaven, you take note.
The Bible is clear about what the Lord said as to who is allowed into heaven.
Here are some Scriptures to go by.
John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; (menstruated cloths), we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Here is the first link that was passed to me.
But here is the direct quote after searching
“Mr. Bloomberg was introspective as he spoke, and seemed both restless and wistful. When he sat down for the interview, it was a few days before his 50th college reunion. His mortality has started dawning on him, at 72. And he admitted he was a bit taken aback by how many of his former classmates had been appearing in the “in memoriam” pages of his school newsletter.
But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”
The first thing that caught my eye was he said “if there is a God.” It’s strange that we know there is heaven but we are not sure that there is the God of heaven. And also note that there will be no “interview?”
That’s right there will be no interview. It’s called Judgment.
Here is the link if you think this is a joke….
It is clear that the former mayor wants to make a difference with the remaining time he has on earth, whatever that may be. However, according to the Word of God, we can never do enough on earth to make a difference and use that as “leverage” to boldly assume that it would be enough to gain entrance into the kingdom of heaven.
The Bible is clear about sin and righteousness.
But the Word of God is also clear about rich men getting into heaven.
Matthew 19:23-24 “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Let’s be clear.
The Lord is not looking to banish all rich people. The Lord desires for all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. Rich people banish themselves by imposing upon God their terms of getting into heaven. Few understand that heaven is holy because God is holy. Few understand that man cannot work to get into heaven.
The work was done on the cross of Christ.
It’s called grace!
Unmerited or unearned favor.
Earning our way into heaven cannot be done because God does not want you to boast about how great and good a guy you are.
What we do as far as good works is not enough to earn our way into heaven.
Titus 3:5-7 says “…not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
A sinner must be made new. A sinner must be washed. A sinner must be cleansed.
We must admit or acknowledge that we are sinners.
We throw ourselves upon the mercy of the Lord to save us because we cannot save ourselves from sin, death, and hell, and later, the lake that burns with fire and brimstone forever.
Why is it according to “His mercy?”
Mercy prevents what we rightfully deserve.
We deserve punishment because “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
“There is no one righteous, no, not one.”
The Righteous Judge of all the earth demanded that man be sentenced to death and eternal separation from the Holy God because of our sins. But He made a way out for man. He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to die for our sins.
“Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
To be justified means to declare a person innocent of all charges even though they are guilty of all charges.
Now bear in mind that we all have or had stuff that would prevent us all from getting into heaven.
We all have stuff.
The one thing that condemns us to hell is whether we believe in the provision of salvation, graciously made by Jesus. If we declare that Jesus is Lord, and believe in our heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved (Romans 10:9-10).
Then looking at the works of Michael Bloomberg and the world, we see that his support for same sex marriage is before him. This is not the sin that will prevent him from getting into heaven. This is a sin that God is against. God is against the sin of homosexuality. His performance of officiating a same sex wedding is a work of darkness.
Then there is the “morning after pill” given to teens when they get pregnant as students in the NYC Board of Education system to reduce the number of abortions in school children. This is not the sin that would prevent him form getting into heaven. However, this is the sin that God is against. Fornication and murder.
If he repents or change his mind, ask for God’s forgiveness of his sins, reconsider his wicked spiritual condition, declares that Jesus is Lord, and believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, he and all rich men would be saved.
The Book of Revelation tells us that we would be judged by the works we have done.
Revelation 20:11-15 says “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.
And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life.
And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”
The most important part about this Scripture is whether your name is in the Book of Life.
So, if Michael Bloomberg is reading this, my advice to you, sir, is to repent, ask for God’s forgiveness. He is gracious and kind. He will abundantly pardon you of all your sins. The Holy Spirit will come into your heart. He will take your stony heart and make it new and responsive to God. Then find a good Bible believing local assembly where people are living the Word of God. Get water baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Don’t even bring your check book. Leave that at home.
Any pastor or church that looks like they want to hound you for any money is not the right church to attend. On the other hand, if you think that righteousness could be bought or attained by your giving, you are sadly mistaken.
Leave your money at home. It is not necessary to get into the kingdom.
But if you love your money more than God, you might be able to buy a great looking casket for your remains, but you will not have a place in heaven on your own merits.
Dr. Michael Brown issued a stunning article addressed to African American evangelical pastors http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/34548-an-open-letter-to-my-black-evangelical-friends regarding the election. As you have noted, 95% of African Americans, of the 12% African American population voted again for Barack Obama to assume the presidency for a second term.
I am aware that the title is stunning but according to Easton’s Bible Dictionary, the god called Baal is connected to Molech according to Jeremiah 19:5. Molech is the Canaanite god to whom children are sacrificed in the valley of Hinnom, Gehenna or Tophet, passing the children alive through fire. This is out of womb abortion.
Quoting from his dictionary….
“Topheth, from Heb. toph “a drum,” because the cries of children here sacrificed by the priests of Moloch were drowned by the noise of such an instrument;”
Beating the drums loudly is to make the worship of Molech/Baal tolerable.
So when you see the protests for choice, they will not reason with you, they will drown you out by talking over you.
It’s a conclusive reminder of the impotent, almost non existent Black church leadership in the African American community.
When your pastor starts off by saying, “I do not support the president’s position on same sex marriages and abortion but I will vote for him anyway,” it’s an endorsement of the president’s position when you vote for him. The softening of the blow is hypocrisy.
And you know it.
We all know about the president’s support and advocation of same sex marriage, namely the sin of homosexuality and the unequivocal support of abortion on demand. It is clear that African Americans are versed on the issues but will vote Democratic no matter what.
Would you please wake up and smell something?
It’s like a deer in headlights. It’s like knowing that in front of you is a glass of clorox. It looks like water, a little bit. But you can smell that it is not water. But you drink it anyway. It’s like a bus sitting on the edge of a cliff with a sign saying, “Bus To The Bottom Of The Cliff.”
You take a look at the bottom of the cliff and you see several buses with bodies everywhere and you still get on the last bus. Excited about the ride, you get on board. Right on schedule, the bus makes its move right over the cliff.
In the 11th chapter of the book of Romans, you could hear Paul’s anguish for his fellow Jews for rejecting the gospel.
A Barna Group polled that of the 12% African Americans that populate the United States, roughly 6% attend church.
But just because 6% show up to attend church, it doesn’t mean that they are in the church. There is an immense difference. Just by looking at this statistic, it is clear that a large portion of professed church attendees voted for the president twice.
The excuses to vote for the president range from…“He is a black man,” to “We are electing a president, not a pastor.”
I’ve read of one article from a FB link of a church (I will verify it) turning away children to have a pastor that is a convicted pedophile pastor to lead their church. There are many pastors that have sexual issues but folk do not care. I’ve already shared a blog about a married pastor with three kids infecting several women in his church with HIV/AIDS. He was arrested.
Some of you reading this will say that these are isolated incidences. But look at the amount of homosexual and sexually promiscuous music ministers that play in our churches. Look at the bisexual pastors in large and small churches. Look at the sexual serial predators in the pulpit. Look at the hidden lives of pastors and ministers of watching porn and masturbating. Look at the sexual immoral women that snare pastors and church leaders. Look at the Jezebels that show up to destroy local churches and destroy a pastor’s wife.
Look at the sexual immorality among teens in the church. Look at the pregnancies that occur of teenage girls in our churches. How soon we forget that many pastors are asked to dedicate their babies, born out of wedlock. Illegitimate children born because of fornication and adultery. Sadly, many children were aborted, never to see the light of day on this side of heaven.
We have a serious issue that sounds off a very high pitched, ear busting signal that we are out of control, and we are far from walking holy as we should be. Many African American males have went rogue, gravitating to the sin of homosexuality that leaves many African American available single women waiting longer for a mate. A clean mate.
At a home-going service, a pastor eulogized one of his deacons and said that we are not to judge his past.
At the viewing, the deacon’s girl friend showed up. They were fornicating.
We all know that this is common in almost every state. But there is an alarming trend here.
“Who are we really worshipping?”
Elijah was on assignment to deal with the perversion of his day. The nation of Israel was being judged. There was famine resulting from a drought imposed by God for the sins of Israel. Ahab did worse to provoke the Lord and he also married Jezebel. Her father, Ethbaal, was the leader of the Sidonians. Ethbaal came to power by way of assassinating his rival. Ahab looked for a wife outside of Israel and came across the epitome of demon power operating in women. Her name was Jezebel. Her name indicates that she refuses to place herself under male leadership.
Jezebel killed any prophet of God. Obadiah hid 100 prophets of the Lord, 50 in a cave, and gave them bread and water. But Elijah operated in the open. When it was time to confront the prophets of Baal, 450 of them, a question was asked.
“How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him, but if Baal, follow him.”
What does this have to do with this? Just giving you a little backdrop.
Baal has been served for a long time. And the Lord used Elijah in, perhaps, the most powerful display of God’s power since Moses.
On a heavily watered altar, after Elijah prayed, the Lord answered by fire, and all of Israel fell on their faces, in acknowledgement of the Lord God.
The fire of the Lord ended the debate.
Elijah took it a step further and slaughtered all the false prophets of Baal. 450 of them.
It is safe to say that this was a one time incident that we will never see or hear of ever again.
But the debate of our times continues.
There is no debate when it comes to sin. NONE!
But people in the church debate sin because they do not desire freedom from sin. People in the church have made captains and have returned to the house of bondage called Egypt. It takes work to stay away from sin. It is easier to tolerate sin. No opposition from the world and sympathetic carnal Christians will always side in with having a mixture of sin and righteousness (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
That’s why it is easy for the LGBT agenda to flourish and grow rather well without major opposition. LGBT can count on the African American church leaders to argue among themselves and oppose righteous African American pastors. LGBT can also count on 95% of the African Americans to ensure that their agenda continues to follow in the footsteps of Civil Rights, underwritten by the NAACP.
There are many pastors and people in the church that falter, not just between two opinions, but with so many humanistically driven, Bible-less opinions. So much so that there is no real consensus among African American church attendees and pastors. There are many pastors, who have political aspirations, that are pulled between their pulpits and making a “difference” in the communities on the political level.
The thirst for power to influence spiritually and politically, are sick bedfellows if the only purpose is to purport sin.
But what is really needed is not a single voice on the level of MLK. What is needed is for each pastor returning to the basics of their sanctified calling and assignment from God.
The spectacular orations and TV cameras, and the unwise, ungodly pursuit of “greatness” has clouded a pastor’s ability to just hear from God and speak, and live the Word of God. We are caught up in just the “showmanship” of pulpiteers that we are completely oblivious to what is happening in people’s lives that when sin comes into the house of the Lord, sin is comfortable.
Getting the Holy Ghost goosebumps, and cutting the rug is the preferred norm for African American churches that to talk about living holy is an outdated message.
Do not misunderstand me because there are some places that take seriously the living and preaching of the Holy Word of God. There are some pastors that take no prisoners. There is still some places where the pastor still has an altar call. There is still some places where the heart is sought above everything else, to turn to the Lord. There is still some places where the church is the place where people come to get their sins washed away by the blood of the Lamb. But they must also be taught how to have total victory over sin. They are to be taught how to wash their lives with the water of the Word. They are to be taught by example to walk in the power of God for the dark days that we are living in today.
It is clear that in many churches, Baal is god in the local church. Idol worship, covetousness, sexual immorality, and perversion is normal in the lives of people.
So the conclusion of the matter is simple.
Because if sin is comfortable in your life and in the church, the devil is preaching real good.
When George W. Bush won the 2004 election, the Christian Conservative vote took him into his second term over Senator John Kerry. Carl Rove made sure that the conservative base in Ohio carried the vote.
It is documented that the conservative vote was present and accounted for.
This time, the conservative Christian vote was noticeably absent.
Never before have we seen a Mormon cater to evangelicals. And Romney did make an attempt. But it failed and everyone knows it. They’ve tried to get Governor Huckabee and Reverend Billy Graham to back and support Romney.
And that failed, miserably.
Sadly, there were many evangelicals and Christian conservatives that suppressed the basic Bible belief of true Christians to vote for Governor Romney. It is also clear that most Christians intentionally and deliberately disregarded the facts behind President Obama and voted for the re-election of a president that advocates the sins of abortion and homosexuality.
It is true that many people are upset that the president was re-elected and Romney was soundly rejected. But this rejection isn’t as obvious because the popular vote still shows a split down the middle of America. On the Democratic side, we know that there are many people that profess their belief in Christ but they’ve pushed aside the Word of God.
They will not admit a compromise took place but there is no doubt about it. They’ve clearly compromised the Word of God in their hearts and joined themselves to the sins of this nation. I am speaking of those that deliberately and intentionally knew the facts about each of their candidates and voted for either candidate.
The outcome of the election came about…..
partly because some of the professed believers are not living holy and separated lives unto the Lord. They resist the counsel of God’s Word, and they live like the world in thinking and deeds. They can quickly tell you their favorite shows but when it comes to basics of Christianity and the Bible, it is found lacking in fervency and intense fire.
Partly because some of the professed believers are living godly lives and they were led to believe that patriotic duty must transcend solid Christian beliefs. Or that Christian beliefs are to directly influence American politics. These people that voted for Romney have good hearts, and they mean well because they want to see the country move back into a conservative course.
Kevin, my brother in the Lord and friend from Connecticut said this….
“You are right about the choices we faced. It was like satan (obama) versus satan lite (Romney). It sickened me that so many Christians caved into Romney. There was no need to be SO enthusiastic about him. I had no problem with a Christian voting Romney (I did) —- but I could not be RAH RAH STRIKE UP THE BAND FOR HIM.”
It does take courage to make a stand these days and I think this election exposed a deep rift that is split right down the middle about America but there is that one thing that sticks out like a sore thumb.
The “No” vote.
Let’s just say that the Christians that deliberately and intentionally purposed not to vote because the Biblical standard brought about a conviction that should we stand before the Master, we would have to render an account. The no vote of Christians truly affected this outcome.
This is no time to exalt or smile that the “no votes” didn’t vote. It should be a humble reminder to us all that the devil is very crafty and will take anything he can get to turn it to his evil advantage. The choice not to vote doesn’t sit well with many. The choice to be vocal about not voting for the president didn’t sit well with African Americans.
If you were African American and Democratic, you were expected to vote for the president. Many African Americans hated the fact that independent thinking African Americans wouldn’t cave in to the pressure from supportive Democratic African Americans.
However, let me be clear.
I am a child of God before I am an African American. The Lordship of Jesus takes precedence over patriotism, denominationalism, and political party affiliation.
Many African Americans are not patriotic but when it comes to seeing a Black man assume the presidency, it is expected that the political support be there no matter what the president believes, disbelieves, or what wicked agenda he supports. It’s because we all know that in this rare moment in history, a Black man was able to ascend to become the most powerful man in the world.
Once again, my friend Kevin, from Connecticut shared these words……
“Thank you pastor Fred! It’s so nice to see an American who is black — not give into the Obama worship.”
And this statement is something that hits the ball out of the park. We must worship Jesus, not man.
From a political sense, voting for this Black man doesn’t make sense because in all actuality, the odds were clearly stacked against him, but he won against Hillary Clinton, and twice against powerful Republican candidates. John McCain, a decorated POW hero, and Mitt Romney.
These stunning victories is huge.
But I couldn’t get past what the president stood for and no “faith” statements would be enough to compel me to take a chance and suppress the Word of God and vote for a candidate that wholeheartedly and unapologetically supports the heinous, and disgusting sins of homosexuality and abortion.
The interesting thing that you will hear from African Americans that support the president is that when it comes to presenting the facts, many of them do not care. Many will say that they did not vote because of skin. Many of them will say that because they do not want to tell the truth.
Let’s face it. He is Black.
Let’s face it, it is normal to look at a person of color and gravitate towards that person.
Even when the facts are laid on the table, there is no question about what will take place.
But here is another thing of interest.
Whites are still the majority in the United States. But they didn’t vote a Black man out.
To be honest, we all know that the race for the White House was not about one White man against one Black man. It was about the economy but noticeably and notoriously missing was the two major issues of our times.
Abortion and The Sin of homosexuality.
Both candidates elected to make statements in the media and kept clear of this well traveled minefield.
But it really didn’t matter.
The icing on the cake is the fact that some Christians bypassed this critical aspect that Romney is a Mormon.
For good measure, Kevin, shared these powerful words…
“Mormonism is a cult. Mormonism plagued my family for 40 years. My grandparents were mormons (dad’s side). My dad was a mormon for a brief time. Grandparents left, but my aunt is still a mormon (35 years running) I was sickened when Bill Graham’s evangelistic association removed Mormonism as a cult from their website — 3 weeks before the election!! How many millions were given to Samaritan’s Purse because of that?”
This is a game changer that to suppress the basic belief of Christ to vote in a Mormon to somehow, steer America back to conservative Christian values is beyond reasonable comprehension.
Hence the reason for the no vote.
What happened was the “no vote” chose not to side in with either candidate because of the president’s and Romney’s support of the sin of homosexuality, and the president’s support for the sin of abortion to cover for the sin of adultery and fornication.
The media made it seem like the issue is about the economy but underlying, the issues turned out to be about sin. Three states joined the band wagon of same sex marriage, and Washington State and Colorado decriminalized marijuana use for medical purposes, in addition to Californication imposing the use of condoms on porn sets to protect porn stars from acquiring STDs including HIV/AIDS.
Paul told Timothy… “nor share in other people’s sins, keep yourself pure.”
That’s what the conservative Christians did. They, like myself, refused to join in and share in other people’s sin, to keep ourselves pure.
Love for God transcends love for country. We seek a better country wherein righteousness dwells.
The direction of this country is at stake but like I said, are we found fighting against the inevitable course of the last days? I do not believe that we should give up on America. However, I do believe that as time progresses, the spiritual climate will continue to deteriorate. Defections from the Lord will increase, apostates and apostasy will increase, and persecution will exponentially rise.
As Jesus said….“The love of many will grow cold.”
Notice that He didn’t distinguish between the righteous and the wicked. For there are many that profess Christ whose love for the brethren is cold, and getting colder.
So if you were one who is second guessing your “no vote,” just remember that the world is on a collision course towards the culmination of all things. Just know that the Lord is not surprised about the outcome, and do not let the world, and well intentioned professed believers discourage you. You were led not to vote. Just look at what may have happened. The Lord is not blind to what happened. This is not a lesser than the two evils situation. It is evil. All evil.
Go back to Jeremiah 17:5-10 and rest confident in the faithfulness of the Lord. Trust also in Him and He will bring His will to pass.