Daily Devotional for Monday March 17, 2014
Bill Maher Thinks Americans are Stupid Enough to Think that Noah's Ark is Literally True
(Luke 3:6; Acts 2:21; Romans 10:13; 1 Timothy 2:4; Titus 2:11)
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, if as I understand it, our rewards in Heaven will be based on our faithfulness and actions in this life. Does that not suggest that there will be those whose so-called lifestyle in Heaven will create a system of haves and have-nots? My impression is we're all equal, regardless of the fact that none of us deserve to be there.
ANSWER: The Bible speaks of "rewards" and "crowns" for our service and faithfulness after we are saved. It does seem their will be some sort of hierarchy in heaven based on those elements, but I would not classify it as a "system of haves and have nots," since we will ALL be in Heaven because of our faith in Christ for eternity with God our Creator, making us equal in that respect. I believe anything in addition to that is a bonus. (I do find the thought amusing of sell-outs like Osteen, if indeed saved, cleaning the toilet in the mansion of a dear saint of God who lived her life faithfully with virtually NO income or any of the luxuries of this world, while he lives in her basement!)
On his HBO program this past weekend, comedian, political satirist, and atheist Bill Maher expressed disbelief that 60% of Americans are stupid enough to believe that the "tale" of Noah's ark is literally true. He went on to question why people worship a God that he described as a "psychotic mass murderer." Maher concluded his rant by stating, "You know, conservatives are always going on about how Americans are losing their values and their morality. Well, maybe it's because you worship a guy who drowns babies!"
Sadly for Maher, a man who denies the very existence of God, he doesn't understand that God is also a God of judgment! In the blink of an eye, Maher will take his last breath just like everyone will at some moment, and he will bend his knee and confess Christ as he is cast into the flames of hell for all eternity because of his sins. He won't be in hell because God is a "psychotic mass murderer," but because He is a holy God that man has been separated from because of his sins and rebellion. As a side note, I find it amusing that a man who supports the unfettered slaughter of innocent babies accusing God of "drowning babies!"
Six years ago Maher produced a "mockumentary" titled Religulous. This movie denies God, blasphemes Jesus Christ, and clams the Bible is little more than a book of fables. Since it was released, this blasphemous mockery of our Creator, Savior, and faith, has helped millions who reject Christ and the Bible justify their rejection of God's Truth.
Maher has spent his career mocking God and lambasting Christians and the Christian faith. While these attacks on Christianity were initially part of his comedy club act, he used his ABC program "Politically Incorrect," and now his current HBO program, "Real Time with Bill Maher," as platforms to disseminate his vitriolic hatred of Christ and the Bible to the masses, many of whom have also rejected God, Jesus, and the Bible, and look to Maher to reinforce their rejection of the Truth.
The mockumentary Religulous that Maher produced and stars in was directed by another God-hater, Larry Charles, who directed the movie Borat. Maher and Charles actually filmed much of this project in Israel at many of the places where passages in the Bible occurred, as well as at the Vatican in Rome. While the purpose of this movie is to denounce all religion, the clear target and most of its attacks are focused on the Christian faith.
*WHY DON'T TOOLS OF SATAN LIKE MAHER EVER RANT AND RAVE AND MOCK ISLAM LIKE THEY DO CHRISTIANITY??? OH, MAYBE BECAUSE THE COWARDS ARE AFRAID HE WILL LOSE THEIR HEAD???
Maher is a classic example of someone who has a presence it the mainstream media and clearly uses the secular media to influence the hearts and minds of the masses he reaches to believe that God is not real, faith in Jesus is a meaningless exercise, and that you have to be incredibly stupid to believe the Bible. In this world we live in where the better percentage of two full generations have never been to church, millions of people who have rejected the Lord and God's Word as Truth cling to Maher's words to justify and feel good about their unbelief, giving them a false sense of security to continue to live in rebellion to God and the Bible.
Listen, Bill Maher has the right to make whatever type of film he wants, say whatever he wants to say on his TV program, and make it part of his life's work to get people to deny God, Christ, and the Bible. The sad fact is, most Christians haven't got a clue who Bill Maher is. Most pastors have probably never even heard of him. However, the lost and hurting masses outside the four walls of the church know who he is and are being influenced by his blasphemy. Those who don't want to be accountable to God or follow the Truth of His Word know who Bill Maher is and to them he is a superhero, a role model.
*Maher is not unique. Another blasphemer who died in 2008 right after Maher's mockumentary came out (interesting timing) was a fellow comedian George Carlin. Carlin was one of the few high-profile comics who spent his career mocking God, the Bible, and Christians. Here is a link to the Devotional I wrote the day after Carlin's death: http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=3364
Bill Maher is a classic example of the case I have made for years now. If someone who is clearly being used as a tool of satan can be so bold with a lie, where are the men of God who possess the Truth??? Rather than confronting the lies of a tool like Maher, they are too busy selling books, building great buildings, flying around in their private jets, buying another Bentley, and searching for a 5th mansion to live in. BUILDING THEIR OWN KINGDOMS WHILE THOSE WHO OPPOSE GOD SEEK TO TEAR IT DOWN!!!
If we are going to win the lost to Christ, we have to get out into the marketplace where the Bill Maher's of the world operate and compete with them for the hearts, minds, and souls of the lost and hurting masses. You won't reach the people Bill Maher reaches from the pulpit or thru Christian TV. As I tell you often, if you want to reach these people, you have to go to where they are, invade their lives. They aren't coming to us, we have to go to them. Sadly, we don't feel they are worth it, and have left these people to the atheists like Maher. cultists like Beck, and new agers like Chopra and Oprah's to devour their soul and lead them to an eternity in hell!!!
On DirecTV, in the 300s, there are 8 or 9 Christian networks, several TBNs, Daystar, TCT, CNN, World Harvest, GODTV, NRB, and several more. Do you know the same ministries are on ALL of them!!! All these channels carry the same programs! Why would these ministries who take in $20m, $50m, $80m, $100m, do nothing but buy time on all of the Christian networks? Simple, that is who they are trying to reach, since it is Christians who send them money, buy their resources, go to their conferences. You aren't going to get the hurting and lost on secular TV to buy you a new private jet, or fleet of Bentley's, or multiple mansions, or huge buildings your ministry owns!!!
In the meantime, there are about 1,000 other channels void of God and His Truth showing everything you can imagine, much of it straight from the pits of hell, much of it in complete rebellion to God and His Truth, much of it mocking and openly defiant to the Christian faith that the world outside of the church watches!!! So while the church and major ministries keep preaching to the choir, the Bill Maher's, Beck's and Oprah's of the world keep reaching out to the lost and hurting masses, leading them away from the Truth and the hope of Christ, helping to lead their souls to hell!
*DO YOU UNDERSTAND NOW WHY I BEG YOU TO SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS? THERE IS NOT ONE MINISTRY WITH ANY SORT OF LARGE PRESENCE ON SECULAR TV TODAY EXCEPT FOR LIVEPRAYER!!!
What can you do to battle a media personality like Maher? Speak up! I guarantee you that you live around, work with, go to school with, recreate with, meet in your daily life many of the same people Maher reaches. You actually have an advantage over him since you can sit down and hold a conversation with those people. However, to do that you have to SPEAK UP AND DEFEND THE FAITH! God gave us a voice to use it for HIM! The only way guys like Maher and Oprah are successful is if those who know the Lord keep their mouths shut. SPEAK UP!
If Maher is so convinced in what he believes that he openly defies God, aren't you just as convinced in what you believe to stand up for God??? That is a question you need to ponder!!!
I love you and care about you so much. I pray for the day to get one on one with Maher. Several years ago, I was actually booked on his program numerous times, every time being cancelled for a host of "reasons." Maher, like his hero satan, is a typical gutless wonder who runs his mouth when unopposed, but is a coward when it comes to defending his blasphemy against someone who can make him look like the fool he is. That is why his guests are the typical losers from MSNBC, others he agrees with, along a token "stooge" from the other side thrown in who isn't equipped to mentally battle him and his guests as they mock and make fun of the Bible, Christ, and His followers!
I know that Maher is so convinced in his unbelief that it would not accomplish much other than to contrast the lies he spews with the Truth of the Word. Much more productive is for me to keep doing all I can to use all of the media that exists to reach he same hearts and minds Maher reaches. That is all I have ever sought to do. I told you many times the only way God loses is if He is not in the game. After 10 years on secular TV, I know for a fact that when you put the Truth of the Bible against the lies of the world, a large percentage of people will come to know the Truth and many faith in Jesus!!!
THAT IS WHY WE CAN'T SIMPLY ABANDON THE MARKETPLACE AND LEAVE IT TO THE WOLVES LIKE MAHER!!!
Pray for Maher. It is often hard for us to comprehend a God that could love and care for someone who mocks Him in such a public way like Maher does, but He does! Look at Saul of Tarsus who was literally killing Christians one day, and become Paul the next! God loves those people that you know who say they hate God and curse him through their rebellious lives. Pray for them.
No matter what they may do in this short time here on earth, the fact is, they have an eternity waiting for them when they leave this life. Pray that God can break through the hardness of their hearts, help them to see their sin, to know the love of His Son Jesus, and accept His free gift of everlasting life. It is a gift available to ALL who will simply ask God to forgive them of their sins, and accept Jesus Christ into their hearts by faith.
If you have never made that choice to accept Christ as your Savior, the Bible says that TODAY is the day of salvation. Pray and read the words and watch the short video at this link: http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm . It will guide you in the most important choice that you will EVER make in this life, since it will determine your eternal home!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,