Be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you

The distraught man came into the pastor’s study, and through tears confessed, “I guess I’m just not a one woman man.” His wife had become fed up with his philandering, and had taken their child and left. The pastor after some conversation replied, “The heart of man is deceitful and wicked’ (Jeremiah 17:9), and ‘Out of one’s heart proceeds evil thoughts…adulteries,’” (Matthew 15:19). He went on to say, “No man by nature is a ‘one woman man’. God calls you and every man to repent and turn from such rebellion against God’s order, ‘one man, for one woman, for life’ (Genesis 2:21-25). This is our need to pray, ‘Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me’ (Psalm 51:10).  Today you shed tears because your wife has left you. Your tears should fall because you have offended a just and holy God.”

Jesus Christ came to redeem us (men and women) from a futile way of life, a way of life that leaves a trail of tears. He did this, not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood, as a lamb without blemish and without spot (1 Peter 1:17,18). “Christ died for our sins” (1 Cor. 15:3). Because of this the pastor can say to the repentant sinner, “Be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you” (Matthew 9:2). “In Christ you are a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17). Come to St. John Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 8:00 a.m.

Political Correctness

A person campaigning for public office must be “politically correct” in every opinion he expresses or he will be ridiculed into oblivion. He can say, “As many as 48 percent of the population receives some monetary support from the United States government and this will give great advantage to the incumbent,” a fact, but the speaker is made to appear an insensitive ogre. To raise the issue of 400 years of Muslim conquest of Christian lands prior to the Crusades, while a historical fact, is regarded as insensitive and politically incorrect. To state that sexual promiscuity leads to single motherhood, that leads to unstable communities, that leads to higher taxes–while true, would bring upon any public servant the wrath of those who spin the news.

According to Bill Hecht, author of TWO WARS WHICH WE DARE NOT LOSE, “political correctness” grew out of the Institute for Social Research, in Frankfurt, Germany in 1923, a group dedicated to silence the individual thinker and bring him into conformity to the “social group”.

The goal was to hasten the onset of communism and socialism.

Jesus said, “The truth shall make you free” (John 8:31,32). He was not speaking of political freedom, though it applies. When the truth can no longer be spoken, the people of this nation will slip into bondage.

Sadly, the political correctness has carried over from politics to the things Christian. When the church avoids calling sin sin in order to be politically correct, when the church will no longer declare that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven in order to be politically correct, there will be no repentance and no faith. The church will cease to exist in that place. The people will become slaves to sin. Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m. Lenten Services 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Man is Basically Sinful

While this nation is not and never was a Christian nation, there was one Biblical doctrine, taught by the Calvinists and Lutherans, “The human being is basically sinful.” The founding fathers realized that the arrogance of power is a result of original sin and raises its ugly head in every generation. Government, made up of sinful man, needs the balance of powers: Legislative, Administrative, and Judicial. Even 200 years ago there was a concern that the Judicial had too much power. The prime reason capitalism was so successful is that it is rooted in a realistic understanding of man’s fallen nature. A person needs incentives and rewards because he is a sinful creature. He is not basically altruistic enough to labor so he can share the fruits of his labor with those who do not want to work. A free society and a progressive work ethic is based on the realistic, Biblical understanding that man is basically sinful. This, however, is the very opposite of what educators, parents, and students are now being taught from infancy on up.

Of even greater significance is the prerequisite of the Biblical doctrine, “The human being is basically sinful,” to an understanding of the Christian religion. Lose this truth and we lose Christianity. Only when the Psalmist recognized, “I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me,” would he say, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51). Jesus Christ did not come merely to be our coach to do what is right. He came to redeem me, a lost and condemned person, with His innocent suffering and death, that I may be a forgiven and a new creation before God. Come to St. John Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 8:00 a.m.

Two Kingdoms

Lutherans recognize a citizenship in two kingdoms: 1) The kingdom of the left, secular government, is the servant of God (Romans 13) to restrain evil and encourage love for one’s fellowman, and 2) The kingdom of the right, the church, has the authority to preach the Word of God. There is no “wall of separation” between the two in that the “left” provides order for the church to do its work, and the “right” serves as a conscience so that the “left” serves with compassion and justice. Each has its own sphere of responsibility: The “left” is not to preach the Word of God. The “right”does not punish evil or reward those who do good. The power of the “right” is in the power of the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12; 2 Cor. 10:4) and serves the “left” by providing moral, courageous, conscientious citizens. The “left” serves the “right” by providing a setting wherein the church may freely teach and preach the Word of God, and put it into practice in the home and community. Jesus said, “Render unto Caesar (the “left”) the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21). This includes paying taxes, obeying the laws of the land, and voting. This includes supporting the church with our offerings, personal service, prayers, and helping our neighbor in every physical need. The two “kingdoms” were designed by God to serve each other.

In 1798 John Adams, one of the founding fathers and authors of the Constitution stated, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious (Christian in context) people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” With the kingdoms of the “left” and of the “right” serving in their respective spheres, this nation has for two hundred years been the greatest the world has ever known. Radical secularists are seeking to change this by erasing every memory of this nation’s Christian roots. God have mercy! Christians, wake up! Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 10:00 a.m.

Victims of Abortion

Why do not more people speak up in defense of the unborn? One reason is that the sin of abortion has stained many within our own families and churches. Pastors avoid the subject for fear of driving people away. It is a skeleton in the closet of many families and they avoid opening the door. Our voices are silenced!

There is more than one victim of abortion, the unborn to be sure, but also mothers. Fathers also are stricken with guilt. And where guilt is repressed it will come forth in depression, fears, panic attacks. It will not go away! This is no reason to remain silent. Jesus Christ took upon Himself the sin of abortion, and that like every other sin it was “nailed to the cross.” “He bore our sins in His own body on the Tree, that we being dead to sin, may live unto righteousness” (1Peter 2:24).

Find a pastor to whom you can confess this sin and who will speak to you this forgiveness.

Why else do we not speak up? Are we afraid of ridicule? Are we afraid of the charge that we are women haters? Do we give up the cause as hopeless? The Scripture reminds us, “There is no fear in love. Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). Keep your thoughts focused on the love of Christ who laid down His life for you (John 1513). This love is proclaimed at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday Service at 10:00 a.m.