Daily Devotional for Tuesday January 27, 2009
Last Thursday, I Interviewed Conservative Author Ann Coulter
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' " Matthew 7:21-23
Last Thursday, I interviewed conservative author Ann Coulter. I never interview people selling their books, but wanted Ann on to delve into her own personal faith journey, as well as hear her reasoning for supporting Mormon cult member Mitt Romney for President. Ann identifies herself as a Christian, takes a strong Biblical worldview on the issues of the day, so I was interested in hearing about her personal faith and also why she would back the member of a satanic cult whose Presidency would have helped lead millions of lost souls into the Mormon cult and eventually to hell.
The interview proved to be very informative and instructive which is why I am devoting today's Devotional to it. Ann Coulter is where millions who call themselves Christians are at. She grew up in a Christian home. She goes to church. She reads the Bible. However, she was unable to identify when she was "born again," that moment in her life when she took personal responsibility for her sins, asked Jesus to forgive her, and invited Him into her heart and life by faith. There are millions of people who call themselves a Christian because hey grew up with parents who were Christian, or they go to a Christian church. When asked, they identify their religion as "Christian."
A Christian, according to the Bible, is a person who has made the conscious choice to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior by faith and follow Him. For a Believer, there can be no more important moment in their life than when they got saved. Nobody who is truly born again, could ever forget that powerful moment in time when they made the decision to ask God to forgive them of their sins and give their lives to Jesus.
Millions who call themselves Christians today speak about belonging to a Christian church. In the Bible, people got saved and then joined the church, which by definition is a community of Believers. In the year 2009, I am afraid there is a large percentage of people who are part of local churches, who call themselves Christians, yet have never had a new birth experience. The movement by most old mainline denominations towards a liberal theology, coupled with the purpose driven/seeker/emerging church marketing strategies, have watered down the Gospel, compromised Biblical Truth, left out sin, and gravitated to a social gospel dealing with issues like poverty, world hunger, diseases, and other social issues most decent people are concerned about. This has given people who are part of these churches the false sense of security that they are Christians simply because they are members of a Christian church.
BEING A MEMBER OF A CHURCH DOESN'T MAKE YOU ANY MORE A CHRISTIAN THAN STANDING ON A RUNWAY MAKES YOU AN AIRPLANE! YOU AREN'T A CHRISTIAN BECAUSE YOU ARE THE MEMBER OF A CHURCH. YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN BECAUSE YOU HAVE MADE THE CONSCIOUS DECISION TO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST INTO YOUR HEART AND LIFE BY FAITH!
This next point is so critical, so please read carefully. You CANNOT be a true follower of Jesus Christ and deny the Truth of the Bible. Let me say that one more time, since this is the most important point I will ever make to you. You CANNOT be a true follower of Jesus Christ and deny the Truth of the Bible. It is inconsistent to say, " I am a Christian," yet live in rebellion to the Bible. How can a church claim to be a Christian church, yet operate in rebellion to the Bible? How can a pastor claim to be a Christian pastor, yet operate in rebellion to the Bible? How can a person claim to be a Christian, yet hold beliefs in opposition to the Bible?
I wish you could see the emails I get every day from people who identify themselves as "Christians." I am appalled at how many deny the Truth of the Scriptures. Operating these past 20 years in the marketplace, I am used to the attacks from non-Believers, that is expected from those who have rejected Christ and the Bible. However, it is sad to see the number of people who identify themselves as "Christians," who attack me for simply sharing the Truth of God's Word. My friend, I didn't write the Bible, God did. It is His Truth, not mine., I simply proclaim that Truth. Unfortunately, many who call themselves "Christians" have rejected what God says in the Bible as the only Truth there is.
PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE TO LIVE IN REBELLION TO GOD, HAVE TO DENY THE BIBLE REPRESENTS THE ONLY TRUTH THERE IS, SINCE IT CONFLICTS WITH WHAT THEY WANT THE TRUTH TO BE!!! NO CHURCH DETERMINES WHAT TRUTH IS, NO INDIVIDUAL DETERMINES WHAT TRUTH IS, GOD HAS ALREADY DETERMINED WHAT TRUTH IS AND GIVEN IT TO US IN THE BIBLE!!!
After getting Ann comfortable by talking about her book, I could tell she was very uneasy when I began asking her questions about her own personal faith. As I pressed in on that part of her life, she was forced to go off script and I could tell wanted to end the interview. I had to get to the Romney issue, and that is when she got very defensive and ended the interview. Fortunately, I was able to keep her on long enough for her to state why she didn't see anything wrong in supporting Romney. Ann is like the vast majority of people in the church, who thinks a Mormon is just another kind of Christian. I am convinced that she is totally naive about the real beliefs of the Mormon cult, having been deceived that because they talk about believing in Jesus, they are just another brand of Christian.
Of course, when she sees Christian leaders like Jay Sekulow and others who know better but sold out the faith to back this cult member for their own personal gain, she probably saw nothing wrong with it. I was excoriated in 2007, mainly by people who call themselves Christians, for going into the national media to educate and warn people on the fact the god and jesus of the Mormon cult are NOT the God and Jesus of the Bible. Mormon doctrine is totally inconsistent with Biblical Christianity and a Mormon is no more a Christian than a Muslim is! As intelligent and well traveled as Coulter is, identifying herself as a Christian, she ignorantly has bought into the lies and deception of the Mormon cult like millions have.
Forty years ago the battle lines were clearly drawn. It was the people of God versus those who chose to follow satan. Now in the year 2009, satan has infiltrated the church and the greatest enemies of God are operating from within the four walls of the church. We have allowed that to happen by compromising the Absolute Truths of the Bible to attract more people . We have abandoned the Gospel, the power unto salvation, to try and trick people into becoming followers of Christ. We have created a Christian subculture God never intended because it is safe and profitable. In the meantime, too many churches have become a mockery of the faith, and worst of all, too many people are sitting in church pews each Sunday with the false sense of security that they are gong to Heaven when they die by virtue of their church membership.
I love you and care about you so much. I sent an email to Ann after the program sharing with her how she can accept Jesus and be born again and help educate her on the satanic Mormon cult and why a Christian can't support a man of deception like Romney whose influence will lead people to get involved with the Mormon cult and have their souls end up in hell for all eternity. For a true follower of Jesus Christ, our faith and the Truth of the Bible has to guide us in all of our decisions. Pray for Ann, since she has a large platform that can influence millions of lives. Only Jesus can save Ann, not her church. Ann Coulter will only get to heaven the same way anyone will get there, by giving their heart and life to Jesus by faith.
Pray for all those people who have been deceived into thinking that they are Christians because their parents were Christians or they attend a Christian church. You can't be born a Christian, it is a conscious choice you must make. Attending a church doesn't make you a Christians, only faith in Jesus Christ makes you a Christian. Pray for those churches and pastors who have not compromised the Absolute Truth of the Bible and for the remnant who truly has accepted Christ as their Savior by faith as we take our stand in these last days for the Kingdom of God.
Here is the link to the interview: http://www.liveprayer.com/lpann.cfm
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller