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John is a "Tentmaking Evangelist" (Architect). Licensed and set aside for ministry by the Anchor Bay Evangelistic Association (non-denominational). Co-Founder of Kingdom Gospel Ministries, a ministry now in its 37th year with a mission to reconcile people of different racial, ethnic, educational, and economic situations, and the producer of three weekly radio programs - a Sunday morning verse-by-verse Bible Study on Radio Delaware Valley, a weekly message from current events in California, and a weekly radio drama on the Wilkins Radio network. He also has archived many, many radio programs and written articles on the Internet. John is a PA/NJ Architect with his own practice in its 43rd year working on a wide variety of projects including churches, convenience stores, residences, and academies as well as industrial enterprises. He has helped in numerous property acquisitions and worked with real estate investors. Acutely interested in politics since a teenager with many articles published over the last 55 years, he 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.

Friday, July 29, 2022

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

 If you would like to hear me preach in person, I will be speaking twice at the Shalom Assembly of God at 1862 Kimball Avenue in Willow Grove, PA.  Wed., August 10 at 7pm and Sunday October 23 at 10am. I would love to have you join me!

POLITICS - YES OR NO?

Christianity Today likes to talk about the perils of politics in the pulpit. Frankly, I get nervous when the left or the right is overly political from the pulpit.  The funny thing, in black churches, there has been active campaigning and partisan political activity forever, and I do not see Christian publications alarmed about it.  Since most of it is for leftists with anti-God policies, it would seem if there is to be an objection, it would be campaigning for people who oppose the faith you profess to believe rather than those who advance ideas more consistent with our faith whether they be Christians or not. However, in a worship service in church, I find it distasteful for any overly political commentary to be presented, even when I agree with it.  I do advocate people being informed, however, and sharing with their friends, as not everyone is tuned in to what is happening.

The argument for being political in the pulpit, of course, is that a significant number of Christians are woefully ignorant of the issues and what is actually going on that will impact their church and their lives as Christians.  There is a brutal and unrelenting war against Christians today in the United States and elsewhere seeking to remove all conscience, all rights, and to force them to hire people whose only goal is to destroy their message.  Of course, the perpetrators of this never allow this in their own organizations. Name an LGBTQP... group that would hire a Biblical Christian for ANY position in their organization whose goal would be to subvert their message and neutralize it. I thought so.

Nonetheless, it is telling that while Jesus made some politically charged comments from time to time, and he lived in a day where it could have taken 100% of his time given the evils of the day, that was not at all his focus, and he would not have been crucified for anything he said by the Romans.  He was crucified ONLY because the Jewish religious leaders totally rejected him as the only begotten Son of God. Jesus' ventures in politics were primarily calling out the corrupt religious system with only scattered comments on secular leaders.

Time spent talking partisan politics to the church takes away from Bible teaching which is sorely needed for a largely Biblically illiterate church. In actuality, if one preaches the Bible in power, most people will come to the correct political conclusions on their own. Those who preach a compromised gospel usually produce people on the wrong side of God in their political views as well. I met a pastor whose church was in pre-foreclosure. He was a black pastor of an inter-ethnic church who strove to avoid partisan politics and simply preach the Bible. Those on the left interpreted his MORAL teachings as being against them, which while not intended had that affect since the left rejects the Bible and all morality stemming from it. They blew up the church with tried and true divide and conquer tactics and a Bible-teaching church in a mixed community in the Philadelphia suburbs with a very nice setting and building had to be sold.

My personal approach is to steer clear of overt politics when I preach from the pulpit, though by preaching the Bible, some of what I say will naturally have consequences with those who reject God's standards and God's ways. I teach the Bible verse-by-verse on the radio and have for many years and let the chips fall where they may. 

That said, I also have a radio program with messages based upon current events, and those tend to emphasize differences with clear political overtones between the world system and the Kingdom of God.  I have written and been published many times in diverse media on politics for well over 55 years and have been a guest on talk radio and on TV on programs with strong political overtones.  I also have a long-running political blog separate from this one called Avoiding Political Deception. (There is link if you look in my profile). Occasionally I put the same post on both, but that is really quite rare. This blog is intended for people of varying beliefs though if those beliefs are in opposition to the scriptures, they may still take issue with what is said.

The main thing is that our citizenship is in heaven and this world is doomed and rapidly winding up for the tragic end. Some say just let it happen as it is inevitable. I say much tragedy in human history could have been avoided had Christians not been so laid back and not been either hopelessly naive or impotent.  The spiritual destruction of the country of Lebanon would be a prime example.  I believe we need to act and be proactive and aware of Satan's schemes.  We need to pray hard, pray aggressively, and work for the good of all.

Saturday, July 9, 2022

BONDAGE

 Bondage seems to be everywhere.  Universities are in bondage to absurd anti-science suicidal "woke" policies.  Most students have to self-censor to survive. There is no critical thinking and lies are routinely accepted as truth with no questions allows.  While claiming to fight racism, the woke folks firmly believe in black inferiority.  Rather than seeking to improve academic performance and close the substantial gap that shows up on every objective measurement, they are eliminating ALL objective measurements and going strictly with unreliable data and emotional campaigns.  Ironically standardized tests actually predict HIGHER outcomes than are achieved.  Their answer to to engage in hard racism, even calling for separate colleges in California, discriminating in the classrooms, and blaming everyone else.  They also rob all high-achieving blacks of the rewards for their hard work, giving everyone the impression that they did not deserve it, got special treatment, etc. They also engage in hard core racist pressures against the increasing number of blacks who identify as conservatives with a moral agenda.  What they endure is covered up by fake media which is so lopsided it is ridiculous. This is classic Marxist cultural warfare, of course, and feckless university and corporate administrators are in bondage to it.

People are in bondage to unbridled sexuality, with the result that kids have tried everything in their teens and now want t explore every perversion out there.

People are in bondage to pot, ignoring the fact that almost all ass shooters were pot smokers - 9t is a gateway drug that indeed affects the brain, but the potheads are in total bondage to it.

People are in bondage to fake science, fake history, and totally failed political ideas.  Fools who refuse to believe in God come up with their wild hypotheses and push it on impressionable people who are too scared to have their grades lowered to protest.   They believe slogans and revisionist history and never bother looking into the matters for themselves.

The Apostle Paul believed it was intelligent for people to question him and see if what he said was supported by the scriptures. Remember the Bereans?   So many Christians are in bondage to abusive churches and ideas. Man-made rules which are of no value against fleshly indulgence.  Some of the worst sexual abuse has happened in Christian and other religious groups with oppressively strict dress and behavioral codes.  Only CHRIST can free people from bondage.

Some churches require members to submit IRS 1040 forms to be accessed a "tithe".  Never mind that the Bible says Not to give under compulsion and that EACH MAN is to determine in his heart what to give. Of course they are clueless that the Old Testament taught THREE tithes, two annual ones and a third every three years for the poor - so 23.33!  So many ministries on TV are all about money and the damage done to unbelievers in undermining the integrity of Christians  is probably even worse than what naive Christians go through sending money to be wasted on riotous living rather than spreading the real gospel.

My friends, do not remain in any bondage - Christ came to set us free.  Be free indeed!

Thursday, June 9, 2022

FATHERS' DAY INVITE

Join me as I preach the Fathers' Day message at 10:00am on June 19, 2022, at the Shalom Assembly of God, 1862 Kimball Avenue, just south of Welsh Road. in Willow Grove, PA.  If you are not within easy driving distance, you can watch on Facebook instead starting at about 10:30 (they do not stream the worship portion of the service) - just go to Shalomag.com and hit the Facebook tab.  It will be available afterwards as well.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

 

I was asked this question on QUORA:
What benefit, if any, is there to register as an independent voter with no party affiliation?

This was my response:

I am one and am not in pocket of anyone. I am also non-denominational. I still preach at any number of denominational churches as well as non-denominational ones. Surprisingly, the reasons are similar - no political party has a monopoly on truth and is compromised by the nature of the beast - there are people who agree on some things and not others. In churches, committees come up with “position statements” which often do violence to the founding principles of that church. We should stop being simply Republicans and Democrats, but AMERICANS. We should also stop being proud of being Baptists, Assemblies of God, and Presbyterian Church of America, etc. There really is only one set of truth, and that is found in the Bible. All of those groups have beliefs at odds with scripture, and they need to change and be transformed by the renewing of their minds to prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Therefore I am simply an Independent politically and a biblical Christian with no allegiance to man-made denominations.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

COME JOIN ME

 I will be preaching Wednesday, February 9th at 7pm at the Shalom Assembly of God church at 1862 Kimball Avenue in Willow Grove, PA.   My topic is MY JEWISH WEDDING. I hope you can join me - this is a topic often ignored by the church or given scant attention.  I am devoting my whole sermon to it.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

THE PRECIPITOUS DECLINE OF HALLMARK MOVIES

Bad trees produce bad fruit.   A very bad tree is now the CEO of Hallmark and it shows. LGBTQ garbage, forced interracial relationships which do more harm than good (we have had 9 interethnic marriages in our family including my own of which 6 lasted, which is better than the average for all marriages), and a washing away of Christianity and an insipid "it does not matter what you believe" substitute. Interfaith marriages usually result in no practiced faith.  That is the reality. The ridiculous quantity of firms now produced is so unoriginal, so unbelievable, and so predictable, that many will refuse to keep watching.  If I see 2020, 2021, or 2022 as the date on a Hallmark picture,  I check it out BEFORE watching, because I do not watch woke mess. Be sure you do the same!

Anyway, this writer hit the nail on the head - check out this link - https://www.homeismyhappyspot.com/2021/02/4-reasons-why-hallmark-movies-arent-as.html

Here is a partial list of films to avoid - you will have to research the latest ones yourself -  not sure why "A Bride for Christmas" is in there - maybe it was dialogue, but this is per QC.

A Bride for Christmas

Christmas by Starlight

Christmas She Wrote

Christmas With the Darlings

Open by Christmas

Beverly Hills Wedding

Coyote Creek Christmas

The Christmas House

Wedding Every Weekend

The Santa Stakeout

Don't Go Breaking My Heart

Boyfriends of Christmas Past

Taking the Reins

Mix Up in the Mediterranean

Love Under the Olive Tree

A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado

Debbie Macomber’s A Mrs. Miracle Christmas


A CUTE ONLINE POST FROM SOMEONE DATED 2025:

The Hallmark Channel announced today that it is ceasing operations. The once popular channel targeted at humans with and without ovaries began a precipitous ratings decline in 2021. When asked if she could point to any definitive reason for the mass exodus of viewership in recent years, outgoing CEO Wonya Lewis said, "It is a clear case of systemic racism”

 

I would note that CEO Wonya Lucas was President and CEO of Public Broadcasting Atlanta where she oversaw Atlanta's NPR (WABE) and PBS (PBA) stations.  Wonya Lucas was at TV One before that for only a year.   She and her sidekick Michelle Vicary are CLUELESS about their audience and like all leftists simply want to push their own sick agenda on everyone and destroy everything that does not conform to their fallen world.

 

Satan comes to STEAL, to KILL, and to DESTROY.  Those who do the same are clearly his children.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

DESMOND TUTU

 I wrote an article for my Avoiding Political Deception blog - probably could just as easily been posted on this blog, but if you are interested in some sobering facts on "Christian" icons praised by the left and the media, why not check it out? John 15:18-19 comes to mind - "If the world hates you understand that it hated me first. If you were of the world, it would love you as its own. Instead, the world hates you, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.…  

That web link is  avoidingpoliticaldeception.blogspot.com.


Monday, December 27, 2021

WILL 2022 MARK THE END OF "CHRISTIANITY LITE"?

This post was originally written way back at the dawn of 2005 when Christmas and New Year’s Day were on Sundays.  It will be on a Sunday again in 2022, so we will see if there is a repeat! In 2020, churches were ordered closed in many parts of the country. Precedent was claimed since in 1918 churches were ordered closed (but for only several weeks) during the Spanish Flu. That pandemic hit the young much worse than the old and the fatalities were almost triple percentage wise to today.  It is approaching two years now where some churches are STILL closed by their own decision while most others have opened with no apparent ill effects. I trust this post will speak to you today! 

 

From 2005:

Much ado has been made of churches canceling services this 2005 holiday season. Our church did not, but we decided to pay a visit to another Pentecostal church near us on New Year's Day, and it was CLOSED! Not closed by Communists, not closed by Muslims, not closed by the ACLU, but closed by none other than CHRISTIANS! It was already just after 11:00 AM, so we went somewhere else nearby - Zion Baptist in Ambler, to give credit where credit is due - and they were not only open, but with a big crowd and in no rush to end it! Over an hour of worship and praise, a wonderful dance performance by Living Stones on getting into the heart of Jesus, and an interactive sermon from Hebrews 13:1-5 that was practical, up-lifting and enjoyable. They then were taking a group to a Senior Citizens' home to minister on New Year's Day afternoon! 

 

For quite some time now even well before 2005 and seemingly more through 2021:

Why are some assemblies so eager to serve God, and others afraid of being too "radical"? We live in a world of "lite" everything. I think Miller Beer started it all. Remember "More taste, less filling."? We now have "lite" margarine and "lite" everything else. Some of these are perhaps more healthy than the full blown version. However, we also unfortunately have "Christianity Lite" and it is far from healthy. Not only does it have less taste, but it is also less filling. 

 

The Psalmist says in Psalms 34:8, "Taste and See that the Lord is Good." Psalm 119:103 says "How Sweet are Your Words to My Taste". So many Christians have not had a solid five course meal of God recently that they do not know what it tastes like. Instead they are in a hurry and fill up on junk food such as get rich schemes, worship that stops almost before it starts or is more about us than about God, and messages more about current trends than on imparting heavy duty soul food into the spirit. In essence, they drive through and eat while pursuing other things. Recipes, the big game, and other thoughts often replace diligent attention to what is being said from the pulpit even those few minutes. Not only is the body not nourished, but the enjoyment factor is low because it is not the slightest equivalent to what Jesus has prepared for those who diligently seek him. An appetizer of praise and worship. a fruit salad of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in full operation, and a meaty message are far better and there is no need to count spiritual calories. We need everything to nourish the body, not food of limited value with lots of salt and no balance. We are to be FILLED with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18). We can't have "fillers" and have room for the Spirit, too! Many Pastors are afraid of losing people if the services are too serious. I say, so what? We need to move beyond where we are and fully engage the Lord in concert with the rest of the Body EVERY time we are together. The truth is, sinners would be more attracted to that level of reality. 

 

One unintended consequence of the closure of many churches in 2020 and 2021 is that since so many churches practiced Christianity Lite, those with hunger went to Facebook and YouTube and heard a much stronger word, perhaps for the first time. Pastors have been telling me that they have more people online than in the pews, and their outreach may transformed from primarily local to global.  Many have also experienced increases in giving, so what Satan intended for evil, God has turned to good.  I encourage you in 2022 to look to the Lord in everything. Do not be satisfied with the mediocre.  Do not go to a church where you leave still hungry and unsatisfied.  Taste and see that the Lord is good!  He will surely satisfy you!


Here are some practical tips – 


1)    Know your position in Christ. Do not live in the outer courts or as if the veil is still there and you need a priest to go into the Holy of Holies for you. Jesus tore the veil from top to bottom. LIVE in the Holy of Holies. Live in His presence. You need to carry God's presence with you. You must not walk into it and then out of it! That is far below your privilege! 

 

2)    Pray without ceasing. Know that when you walk with the Lord, you have an open line, a BROADBAND CONNECTION if you will. You needn't talk all the time, and neither will the Lord. However, when either of you have something to say, it can be said and freely received. It is effortless if you live that way. 

 

3)    Worship God on your own. It is not a good sign if you have to be in church to worship. Worship at home, in your car, ANY PLACE. Worship with songs, with words, with attitude. Use English or your native tongue. Use your gift of tongues. Worship with the mind and the Spirit. 

 

4)    Write down what the Lord tells you. Expect him to share with you every day. Share what he says with others if it could bless them. Make sure to note specific commands the Lord gives you and follow through in a TIMELY manner. When we obey, the windows of heaven open wider each time. 

 

5)    Contribute sacrificially to God. First your heart, then your time, and last, but not least, your substance. Never give to get. Give to GIVE! God will supply your needs, but we give to facilitate the growth of the kingdom, not for selfish reasons or with expectations of return. Don't let giving be reduced to a formula! Simply learn to hear God's voice and give him WHATEVER he asks of you. Do not hold back anything from your heart, your time, or your substance. 


Don't wait for others to take the lead. Take the initiative yourself. If your church is practicing "Christianity Lite", talk to your leaders and tell them you want more taste and to be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit. As you are filled each time, your capacity grows for Him, so this is a continuing process for both the individual AND the Body of Christ. Tell those guarding your soul you want 2022 to be the end of "Christianity Lite" and the beginning of a "take no prisoners" brand of New Testament Christianity. Our lives surely depend on it!

Saturday, December 25, 2021

HOPE YOU HAD A NON-PAUL WELLSTONE CHRISTMAS

Clueless people who worship their chosen "news" network are often encouraged to bring strife and in-your-face arguments to Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings. They obviously ignore God's hatred of strife, divisiveness, and lying.

Family times should be free of disputes and concentrate on the reason for the celebrations. If people want to argue politics, denominational differences, or other controversial topics, there should do in private an  We made it mostly through the first of two celebrations this Christmas (thankfully the second was free of all controversy), but three people had to do their thing at the first one and spew what they felt was the absolute truth. 

I had to remind them it was Christmas but they were not willing to give up and listen to reason. Thankfully all the others had left except me, so I vamoosed and took a nice long bike ride. We need to redeem the time because the days are evil.  Just be prepared - those who think they know everything and who swallow absurdities whole may be coming to your church or home or event. Do not get in arguments they love to trigger, but do not tolerate them either - they will take that as weakness.

When your pastor starts to say things you know are untrue, it is best to have a PRIVATE conversation with him. If he will not listen, whether or not he disparages you, which often follows, you must remove yourself and go where you are not in conflict. I am not talking about debatable issues. I am talking about important Biblical practices and Christian Doctrine (ask for my tract IS DOCTRINE DEAD OR SIMPLY DIFFERENT?) You CANNOT be unequally yoked with unbelievers. What fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness?  Deceptions increase and are rarely reversed, so do not make excuses for clear compromises with scripture.

I wrote long ago that political and spiritual deception has inextricably linked.  Those who are in deep political deception have also compromised  the Word of God - the extent some who are regarded as PILLARS have done his boggles my mind. I have never seen an exception.  Have you?   PLEASE COMMENT BELOW...