Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | March 1, 2015

March 1, 2015 “Let The Cat Turn Around”

“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires” (2 Timothy 4: 2-3)

Good Morning and Blessed Lord’s Day Everyone!

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky

Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you will join us
And the world will be as one

It’s a little hard for me to “Imagine”, but this iconic Utopian song was written by the late John Lennon of Beatles fame back in 1971. Judging from its wild popularity, the song’s lyrics resonated with many people longing for such a societal shift. Lennon’s reasoning was that many of the world’s problems could and would be eliminated if we would all just “get along” and do away with all this “god business.” On the surface, current world events would seem to support this postulate. On the other hand, Christians worship a God Who claims exclusivity, not inclusivity, when it comes to devotion. Throughout scripture, there is much evidence to support the exclusivity of God. From Genesis through Revelation, we are informed that God is Holy…set apart, and that the “gods” of the people are false. We are told that God is a jealous God Who abhors the worship of other assumed deities. Jesus informs us that he alone is “The Way, the Truth, and the Life…and the only way to the Father. That’s exclusivity. But just as Paul wrote to Timothy, the day has come when such sound doctrine has been rejected, even within the so-called “Christian community”, when other religions are not only tolerated, but embraced under the guise of inclusivity. The day has come when Christians who remain steadfast in their belief that there is but one way to salvation are regarded as bigoted and intolerant, even by those claiming to worship the same Lord. The day has come when many “will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires”, deluding the pure milk of the Word to make it more “palatable” for the masses, all in the name of the God they claim to revere. The day has come when those who remain unwavering in their commitment to the Truth will be vilified and regarded as divisive. The late, great evangelist Billy Sunday, often criticized for his firebrand preaching, once amusingly observed,

“They tell me that I rub the fur the wrong way. I don’t; let the cat turn around.”

The day has come for Holy boldness when it comes to the preaching of God’s timeless Word. People don’t need pablum from the pulpit…they need power. This is not the time to acquiesce to a superficial doctrine of “whatever you believe is okay by me”. It’s time for that cat to turn around, repent, and return to the Holy God Whose love never fails. Let’s pray!

Holy God; Open my heart to the understanding that your decrees are for my benefit. Chasten and reprove me, that I might be more reflective of your compelling goodness and grace. This I pray in Jesus’ Most Holy Name. Amen!

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