Daily Devotional for Friday September 16, 2011
Mayor Bloomberg was Right
(John 3:16, 14;10)
Why I agree with the decision New York City Mayor Bloomberg made to have no clergy at the official 9/11 ceremonies last Sunday. When NYC Mayor Bloomberg announced that there would be no clergy at the official 9/11 ceremonies last Sunday, unlike most, I was actually glad. While his decision was widely criticized by those who lambasted the mayor for not having clergy at the ceremonies to pray, it was actually a great decision.
If there had been clergy present, you would have had a Jewish rabbi, a Catholic priest, a minister from some Protestant church, and of course, an imam representing Islam. If it was like the memorial service in Arizona after the Gifford's shooting this past January, there might have even been a witch doctor!
Let me be blunt. There is only ONE GOD a person can pray to who will hear and answer those prayers, and that is the God of the Bible. PERIOD! Why any true Christian pastor shows up to participate in these inter-faith prayer services is beyond me. Of course, those who put on these type of events always insure they find a weak and compromised "pastor" of some liberal denomination who won't offend anyone by saying that name of Jesus. However, the witch doctor, the imam, or those praying to some fictional, non-existent god, are bold and courageous in their petitions.
My friend, God says in His word that He shares His glory with NOBODY! It makes a mockery of the creator of the universe for a true Christian to share a stage with those who are praying to non-existent, mythical "gods." The fact is, a Muslim praying to his "god," a member of the satanic Mormon cult praying to their "god," a Hindu praying to one of his many "gods," is as effective as praying to a toilet!
A TOILET ISN'T GOING TO HEAR AND ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS, JUST LIKE THE MADE-UP GODS OF THE CULTS AND FALSE RELIGIONS CAN'T HEAR AND ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS! ONLY THE GOD OF THE BIBLE, THE ONE WHO WAS, IS, AND ALWAYS WILL BE, IS ABLE TO HEAR AND ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS!!!
People ask me all the time, what is wrong with fellowshipping with Muslims, Mormons, and others who are part of some cult, false relgion, or new age philosophy? NOTHING! As a matter of fact, we SHOULD be fellowshipping with people who have rejected the Jesus of the Bible as their personal Lord and Savior. This is exactly what Christ has COMMANDED, not suggested we do!
That is why Liveprayer has been on the internet and has aired our TV and radio programs only on secular stations. This is not just a ministry, but an evangelistic ministry! We are not just here to minister to those who know the Lord, to bring the Truth of God's Word into the marketplace, but above all, share with lost souls the hope and love of Jesus Christ and that through faith in Christ we can enjoy everlasting life!!!
However, fellowshipping does not mean we EVER, EVER, compromise our faith and the Truth of the Bible. Fellowshipping does now mean we lay aside the absolutes of the Bible to "get along." Fellowshipping means that we love others who are lost and without Christ, loving them enough to tell them the truth that there is only ONE God, the God of the Bible, ONE Truth, the Bible, and ONE WAY TO BE SAVED, faith in the Jesus of the Bible!!!
THE GREATEST ACT OF LOVE IS TO SHARE WITH SOMEONE THE TRUTH THAT WITHOUT THE JESUS OF THE BIBLE THEY WILL DIE AND BURN IN HELL!!!
Please don't be intimidated into silence by those who call you a hate monger, homophobe, islamaphobe, or any other derogatory name designed to keep you silent. I could only pray to receive one penny for every time I am told to shut up, called one of these derogatory names designed to silence me, told that I make Christians look bad because I have the audacity to tell someone who rejects Jesus they will die and end up in hell.
We have a generation of gutless pastors too afraid to simply state the Truth of the Bible, thus a generation of gutless Christians who are too afraid to simply state the Truth of the Bible, while the spokesmen of satan have no fear or shame and proudly proclaim their lies to the masses!
The only reason a Christian, or Christian church or minsitry should be involved in one any sort of ecumenical group is if they are going to take a firm stand for the truth of the Bible. You never see Islam back down form their beliefs, or any other cult or new age group. It is always the Christians who are expected to back down, and they always find the spineless men who will!
I love you and care aobut you so much. I probably disagree with NYC Mayor Bloomberg on most issues, specifically issues of faith. However, I believe he made the correct decision in not having any clergy at the 9/11 ceremonies last weekend. Since there was no way he would have a solid Christian pastor with the guts to pray from his heart in the name of Jesus, what would the point be.
If you want to know why this world is in the spiritual mess it is, it is because of COMPROMISE! Supposed men and women of God who compromise the Truth, refuse to take a stand for God's Word. You don't stand with Muslims, Mormons, cult members, those who believe in the new age philosophies, you stand against their beliefs and share the Truth of the Bible, or you don't stand at all!!!
Over the years, I have stood face-to-face with the abortionists, the leaders of the homosexual movement, Mormons, Scientologists, Atheists, Muslims, new agers, and without batting an eye shared with them the love and hope of Jesus Christ and loved them enough to tell them that without faith in Jesus they would die and burn in hell. You either believe that or you don't, and if you do, have the courage to say it without compromise since when a man takes his last breath his eternal fate is sealed. There will be no more compromising at that point!!!
***As we have just 2 weeks left in the month of September, we still have to cover $5,000 from our August shortfall, plus the $40,000 we need for our September operations, and the final $20,000 of the $150,000 I asked the Lord to deliver by the end of April so we could catch up all basic operational expenses we have been in arrears. Additionally, we still need the last $1,000 of the $5,000 to get our back-up equipment that died a week ago. That is $67,000 we need by the end of the month. I am simply asking you to pray and see what the Lord would have you do today to help me as we press forward to fulfilling all the Lord has called us to do here at Liveprayer.
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Know that you and your family are in my prayers each day. Thank you for your love, prayers, and support as we take our stand in these last days. The time is very short, Jesus is coming at any moment, OUR TIME IS NOW!!!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,