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Tentmaking Evangelist (Architect). An Evangelist with the Anchor Bay Evangelistic Association (non-denominational). Co-Founder of Kingdom Gospel Ministries, a ministry now in its 31st year with a mission to reconcile people of different racial, ethnic, and economic situations, and the producer of two weekly radio programs - a Sunday morning verse-by-verse Bible Study on Radio Delaware Valley and a weekly radio drama on the Wilkins Radio network. He also has archived many, many programs on the Internet. John is also a PA/NJ Architect with his own practice in its 38th year working on a wide variety of projects. Acutely interested in politics since a teenager with many articles published over the last 50 years and served as a guest on a Talk Radio show discussing race relations and on It's Your Call TV show with Lynn Doyle dealing with the subject of interethnic marriage.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

ACCUSATION

It has been dominating the news.  It has dominated some people's lives.  The thing to remember is the devil accuses but God convicts.  God is NOT the accuser of the brethren, but the hound of heaven will not give you peace when he is on your trail.  What is the difference?

The conviction of God the sense of absolute sorrow and a recognition we are in sin and not doing the right thing.  With conviction comes the strength to change and be conformed to the character of Christ.

The accusation of Satan is intended to destroy you - to increase anomie, hopelessness, and condemnation.  Jesus did not come into he world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved - John 3:17.

Accusations in the news today are rampant - the big issue is separating fact from fiction.  There are literally oceans of false accusations - they are made for the sake of money, politics, or perverse psychological manipulations.

the Bible tells us how to handle an accusation in terms of going to the person to seek to resolve it - then with others, then the church.  For the unbeliever, there is the judicial system.  We are not receive an accusation against a leader except there be two or three witnesses.  Uncorroborated accusations are not legitimate per the Bible.  The 'he said, she said" conundrum should not be the case - if there is no DNA evidence, no contemporaneous complaint, no fresh investigation when memories and evidence are at their best, it is simply unproductive and unfair to make an accusation way down the road.  Many lives have been ruined by accusations which cannot be proven or disproven.  It is almost impossible to prove a negative, especially is the complaint is vague.

I am not saying to overlook a serious offense - we are to overlook the minor ones.  If a major one occurs, it must be reported and dealt with so it will not continue.  Most people who do evil do it repeatedly.  They do not stop at once, especially if not caught.  We want peace and justice, and we want to be very careful before making an accusation, especially one we know is unprovable.

On the other hand, be quick to respond to the conviction of the Holy Spirit.  Make the changes needed ad ask the Lord to conform you to HIS character through the power of His Holy Spirit.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

SHOULD CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE DIVERSITY?

Everywhere you turn, everywhere you work, the cry is for “diversity”. The idea is that differences enrich life.  After all, God made people different shades and with differing personalities. He made nature and space with a sizzling array of designs, shapes, and colors.  Who can argue that?

However, some time ago, there was a huge move to say there is no absolute truth. That there is no right way. That each man should believe and think and do what is right is his own eyes.  That is chaos.  There is right and wrong. There is a right way and a wrong way to treat women. Sharia is the wrong way. Period.   There is a right way and a wrong way to treat Christ.  The right way is that he is the only eternal Son of God who fully displayed the attributed of the Father in human form here on earth where we live. The wrong way is to dismiss him with the sops that he was a good teacher and a prophet. That really bugs me – If you really believe that, why don’t you do anything he says? Why don’t you believe in hell when he talked so much about it? Why are you not quaking in your boots about his prophecies for the future?

Diversity as practiced puts unbelievers as members of the same church as believers – that cannot be – it happens in institutions, of course, but not in the mysterious Body of Christ. It happens in the workplace – you get people who are in it for themselves and not for the good of the company. Having hard workers and laggards may be diverse but not helpful. There needs to be unity of purpose –not simply having different people/ When I was in school, they had five tracks based upon your academic ability. There was no comparison between the work we got in the top tracks vs. the much easier work in the easier ones.  Those who were not as disciplined in their thinking pushed for academic diversity – not a good idea. Those at the bottom got no better while those at the top slipped precipitously into mediocrity.

Diversity in marriage is hailed – I have a diverse: marriage, if the shade of one’s skin is the only criterion.  However, I married a Spirit-filled Christian woman which is not diverse from myself.  I have NOTHING in common with a sinner and to marry one is not only against the Bible, it is stupid!  One of us may be more computer-friendly and the other more poetic, and diversities like that are fine, but if two people view Christ, the Bible, and core Christian doctrines differently, they are in for deep heartache.

Oddly enough, the end result of diversity is not really diversity.  Rather it is total uniformity! If you know God you know that it is ANYTHING OR ANYBODY BUT JESUS.   Any deity is fine as long as it is not Jesus.  No one blasphemes any so-called God – they ONLY blaspheme Jesus!  You can believe anything you want about homosexuality as long as you are FOR it and treat it as EQUAL or SUPERIOR to God’s design.  It is insanity.  Look at human bodies – homosexuality is a deep perversion of the obvious intent for our lives.   You are FORBIDDEN to say that Jesus is the only way to God, but you can say that Islam is the only way!   You are not to persecute anyone, but CHRISTIANS are not fit to live or have any rights whatsoever!  You can promote ANY religion but the only true one in schools and other public venues! You can promote any person of any ethnicity or color EXCEPT the white male, who is obviously responsible for every single one of the world’s ills!  The blatant racism and bigotry in this movement is extreme.  I believe that is why they love to call everyone a racist – they are deep racists themselves and believe everyone else must be as well!  

The diversity movement has proven itself to be intolerant to its core of anyone who diverges from their cold, atheistic, statist orthodoxy. I oppose it totally – the brainwashing, the stereotyping, the divisiveness, the hypocrisy, the holier-than-thou attitudes.

What I DO embrace in the unity of all blood-washed saints of all shades, nationalities, economic and educational levels, and both genders operating in Biblical fashion according to the plans of God.  That trumps the pagan diversity agenda which is merely a temporary tool towards uniformity of thought against our Lord and against his Christ.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

GOD'S WILL

I am stunned at how often people assume that God's will for their life is the same as their own.  Destiny-Oriented and self-empowerment preaching has largely supplanted preaching on the will of God.  The Joel Osteen's of the world - and he is merely the largest of many - preach a self-centered gospel and so many lap it up.  However, it is like a cat lapping up poison milk.  What if Peter had balked when Jesus told him what God;s will was for him in the manner in which he would die? More importantly, what if Jesus on the Mount of Olives in that fateful garden had prayed differently - rather than "not my will but thine be done", "Father, being crucified with criminals is not in my playbook. You will have to find someone else."   So many want Jesus to be their Savior because going to hell is not in their playbook, hut they balk at him being their Lord.  They also balk at submitting everything to him as a wife is to do for her husband, not discerning we are the Bride of Christ.  My people, give yourselves over to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Embrace his will for your life that God may be glorified.  It is the only way to go that is worthy of one who professes to follow Christ.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

FATHERING LIKE GOD

Many times people bandy about what God the Father is like. Yet few statements of faith for churches and ministries actually say anything about him other than he created the world and that Jesus the son and the Holy Spirit are coequal and coeternal with him.   Any father wants his son to emulate his best qualities, and with God, all his qualities are great unlike earthly fathers.  Let us look into a few of those.

GOD IS CREATIVE - actually, creation was a joint effort of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Genesis says "we" and also that the Spirit moved on the face of the waters. John 1 states that Jesus was integrally involved in every decision - "Without him was not anything made that was made/"  Father and Son working together - I treasure the time my son spent working with me, and one son and I actually still do some work together now.  God likes to create a world of variety, vibrance, and life.  He wants us to be creative and not to be same-o/same-o - he wants to see variety and vibrance in our creations as well.

GOD IS DIRECTIONAL - our heavenly Father loves to give direction - even though Jesus said plainly that he was doing what he saw his Father doing, he only did what God told him to do.  As his sons, we need to understand that God has a vantage point unparalleled in the universe - he knows every detail of the past and of the future/  People pay a fortune to consultants whose knowledge is embarrassingly trivial compared to God's - yet he wants to be our Counselor and advise use what to do so our paths will be straight and so that we will have good success.  Many rely open books, business gurus, and others for guidance while largely ignoring what God would say to them.  I Want God to speak into my life, my business, my ministry, and he does.

GOD GIVE US ROOM - many children feel the world of their parents is closing in on them.  If we belong to God's family and want to leave, like the father of the Prodigal Son, he will let us leave, and he will let us wallow in the muck and mire, but will always be watching for us to come to our senses
and celebrate if we return.  The father did not pursue that son - he let god the father do it.  God will pursue us, nut not force us. We have to make the commitment to him. We have to repent. We have to come to our senses.

GOD PROVIDES - fathers provide for their sons and God provides for us.  He notices if a bird falls out of a tree or if a hair or two falls off our head.  He meets our needs.  He understands what to give us and what must be withheld for our own good.  He freely shares with us good things.

GOD SACRIFICES - Good dug deep for us, not simply sending us the cattle on a thousand hills, but sending us his son knowing that he would die.  He withheld nothing from us, and we must withhold nothing from our sons.  If we have it, we give it.  God did.

GOD LOVES - any father who rears a son, direct his son, who allows his son to grow and sometimes fail in the process, who provides for his son and sacrifices everything for his son still falls far short if he does not love his son.  Hod the Father loves us, and so we must love and show affection to our sons and assure them that we are in their corner, that we are rooting for them, and that we love them as much as we love ourselves.  After all, that is the biblical standard for loving our neighbors, and our sons are much more than neighbors.

Be a father like God.  If you do not know how, get better acquainted with Father God.  He will show you how to do it.

Friday, May 18, 2018

WAKE UP

The church seems asleep.  People are staying away because they see no power, truth is routinely compromised, and they are pressed to give lots of money for questionable purposes using non-Biblical pressure.

It is time to preach the scriptures, hold people to Biblical standards, and defend the faith against carnal Christians as well as the world. The church is in pitiful shape because of compromise.   The devil NEVER compromises, and neither should we.

Precisely what doctrines are not worth fighting for?   Name one or more for me.  It is no different from ripping out inconvenience pages from the Bible.   ALL SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God, not just the portions we put on plaques on the wall.  The scriptures that challenge us, that make us change, that make us study are just as important as the feel-good favorite verses.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

INTIMACY WITH CHRIST

I speak with people about talking with God, I sometimes get a blank stare.  People generally do not have any conversations with God unless in real trouble, in which case they pray as a last resort.   I was in a small group talking about hearing God and a quizzical look came over the leaders.

My wife had to have blood drawn, and the lady messed up and the sample could not be tested. My wife went back and the lady gave her a gift card for her inconvenience. She also acknowledged that she talked with Jesus all day long!

I talk with the Lord every day, and he gives me specific direction. Running a business in its 39th year, having six grandkids, and ministering on the radio and online, I better know what God is saying.

I wrote a five part dramatic series I call "The Jackie Series" which we are playing over the next few weeks on the radio and online.   Perhaps it would be a blessing to you. All the information is available at www.kingdomgospelministries.org.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL DROPPING AMONG YOUNG "EVANGELICALS"

No surprise here - the young are often Biblically illiterate and have been ill-equipped to fight the left-wing indoctrination and false ideas of what social justice really is. From the emergent and missional churches to mainstream feel-good preaching that ignores sin, hell, and the grave, core beliefs on a host of issues have been weak for some time. 

So called Christian colleges have jettison core Biblical truths for political correctness. Many have
professors who are wolves in sheep's clothing who are deeply compromised. Most I would not trust with kid anymore.  

Without a deep personal relationship with Christ, daily Bible Study, and an intensive prayer life, Barna polls have consistently shown that most of who call themselves Christians cannot even half define what that means, and this is not limited to the young, but is more prevalent among them. Churches are losing members and losing intensity because the love of many is growing cold. If you are not intensely involved with the Lord every day, repent and get there or you will be in this number as well.