The Law of God

Lower the Law and you dim the light by which man perceives his guilt; this is a very serious loss to the sinner rather than a gain; for it lesens the liklihood of his conviction and conversion.  I say you have deprived the gospel of [its most powerful weapon] when you have set aside the law.  You have taken away from it the schoolmaster that s to bring ment to Christ …  they will never accept grace till they tremble before a just and holy law.  Therefore the Law serves a most necessary purpose and it must not be removed from its place.  C.H. Spurgeon

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Vote Trump

I can understand why some might hesitate to get on the Trump Train.  If you are tired of the central planners in Washington not listening to you or your concerns then Trump is your best hope.  Trump is America’s best hope.

  1.  Those of us who are already Trump supporters tend to feel this way about Donald J. Trump … We don’t care if the guy swears … or how many times he’s been married … or who he may have voted for … or what his income tax return shows.  We want problems fixed.  Yes, he has a big ego, but we don’t care.  We know he’s not a racist, or bad to women, or all the other things the left-wing media is trying to label him with.  We know he raised a good family and that says a lot about him.

A.  That racism thing; he was never accused of being a racist until he decided to run against the democrats who extorted money from him because he was a successful business-man.

B.  I mostly find it amusing when someone tries to challenge my support for Trump by saying, “How can you, as an evangelical Christian Pastor support someone who is obviously not a Christian because he swears and has been married more than once, etc?”  I just smile and think about how hypocritical the challenge is.  I have been known to retort, on occasion, “What, you expect me to support Satan’s sister?”

The path Hillary wants to take America and the world down is, at best, more of the same unsustainable path we’ve been on for the last few years now.  Hillary is BHO and the status quo that is causing chaos worldwide.  Are you and your neighbors better off than you were 7 years ago?  Are you safer?  Do you really want to keep heading in this direction or are you ready for some positive change?

Hillary, like BHO, does not know how to make things better for “We, the people” because she is a student of Saul Alinsky who was all about empowering the elites and enslaving the masses.  Saul Alinsky is the guy who dedicated his book “Rules for Radicals” to Satan.

We all know, or should know, that Killary will do anything legally and illegally too, because she is an elitist snob who thinks she is above the laws that us poor plebs have to submit to.  Thus Hillary will absolutely do and say anything to acquire the power she lusts after and she will continue to crush anyone and anything that gets in her way.

Trump may not be a saint, actually he is a saint compared to his opposition.  Trump does not have lobbyists or lobbyist money controlling him therefore the establishment fears him, he will derail their gravy train.  Trump is despised by  the New World Order/ One World Government guy, George Soros, who just happens to be the power behind BHO, Killary, and the left-wing media.  Trump doesn’t have political correctness restraining him and we all know that he has been very successful, a good negotiator, and he has built a lot of things and he is not a politician.  Trump says he will fix America by making us safe, sane, working, and great again.  We can believe him because he is too much of an egotist to be proven wrong or looked at and called a liar.

Vote Trump to make America Safe, Sane, Working and Great Again.

–Pastor Ward Clinton

Trust God and Be Holy

“Now these atheists promoting secularism want to strip God out of America’s past, present and future,” Graham said. “Here’s a warning—if you remove God, you remove God’s hand of blessing. That’s been shown over and over throughout history.”

Graham is urging Christians to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with an ever-growing secular world.

“One day each of these people is going to stand before the God that they disown, and they will face an eternity in hell if they have not trusted Christ as their Savior,” Graham said. “That’s where this kind of ‘reason’ will get them. The Bible says, ‘There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death’ (Prov. 14:12).” – (Franklin Graham)

Although God invites everyone to be part of His forever family, those who are hostile to God and His ways will not be allowed to enter in to His heaven.  Ladies and gentlemen that includes militant homosexuals and antagonistic atheists as well as many who call themselves Christian.

It is actually somewhat understandable why many people mistrust certain Christians; however, there are other Christians whom it is quite hazardous to your own well-being to despise.  Those Christians and their way of living may make you feel a bit uncomfortable regarding life-choices you may have made or may currently be making but if they are actually embarking upon the spirit-walk we are all called to travel in then it is wise to take note and, perhaps, move in the same direction and along the pathway and in the same manner they are.  Those Christians are actually much nicer than you may have initially realized.

There is a Christian doctrine which holds that the soul of the fully committed Christian may attain a high degree of virtue and holiness and become Entirely Sanctified with the help of the divine grace of Jesus.  That term is not to be confused with the late Dr. Charles Stanley’s erroneous accusations that those who believe Entire Sanctification is a present possibility in this life are actually claiming to have attained “Ultimate Sanctification.”  The Reverend Doctor may have merely misunderstood and not been guilty of maliciously maligning that grace of Jesus which he couldn’t quite comprehend.  In some of his sermons I heard him come so close to teaching and embracing Entire Sanctification, often while using slightly different terminology that meant the same thing, and then, just as it seemed like he was about to have his “eureka” moment, suddenly he was running back away from it.

I can remember at least a couple of times, sitting in front of the television saying, “C’mon Doc, you’re only a hair’s breadth away from your breakthrough.”  Unfortunately, every time I heard Charles Stanley speak of Entire Sanctification correctly and get really close to actually comprehending the command from God for us to be holy in this life I would hear him turn around and run back toward hyper-Calvinism much like Gollum seeking out his “Precious.”  Please understand, I do not lump together all those who hold John Calvin in high regard.  I tend to see it as something along the line of:  Hyper-Calvinist … Calvinist … Wesleyan-Calvinist.  An example of the latter might be Charles H. Spurgeon who said, “There is a point of grace as much above the ordinary Christian as the ordinary Christian is above the world.”  He also said of them, who are enjoying that grace, “They are rejoicing Christians, holy and devout men doing service for their Master all over the world, and everywhere conquerors through Him that loved them.”

Now the concept of Entire Sanctification may initially come from the Roman Catholic Church’s doctrine of theosis.  The critic may pounce at this point and loudly proclaim, “Aha!  It’s not a biblical thing!”  My response is, “Sorry, charlie; go back and reread the paragraph above which starts with ‘There is a Christian doctrine…Jesus.’ because the foundation of that doctrine is God’s command to be holy.”

Thomas Aquinas defined a perfect thing as one that “possesses that of which, by its nature, it is capable.”

“Perfection is that which it is better to have than not to have.” – Duns Scotus

Christian Perfection is another term used to speak of Entire Sanctification.  It is a doctrine that is chiefly associated with the followers and adherents of John Wesley’s theological understanding.  Sometimes the concept is referred to as “sinless perfection,” although a better and more accurate phrase is “blamelessness before God.”

John Wesley, in his book, “A Plain Account of Christian Perfection,” wrote “…sinless perfection is a phrase I never use, lest I should seem to contradict myself.”  He also explained that he viewed it as “purity of intention, dedicating all the life to God” with “the mind which was in Christ, enabling us to walk as Christ walked.”  This assists us in “loving God with all our heart, and our neighbor as ourselves.”

Wesley did not use the term “Christian perfection” to claim sinlessness nor did he advocate it as a state of being unable to sin but rather the being far more readily capable of choosing not to sin through finding empowerment from the Spirit of God to abide in holiness of heart and life in accordance with our high calling.

Thereby we may experience a freedom from willful rebellion against God, as well as impure intentions and pride.  As we followers of Jesus function at that level of Christian living the world then sees the type of Christian that assures them that God still works in His followers in our day.

Entirely Sanctified Christians remain subject to temptations, and have a continued need to maintain a prayer life that keeps them connected to the One who empowers them to fulfill His command to “Be ye holy, for I am holy.”  Charles Stanley correctly understood we cannot attain Entire Sanctification in our own power, and as long as we try to do it that way we’ll never get it; when we understand that the Spirit of God empowers us to live that way then and only then we may be empowered to receive that point of grace.

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. — Jesus

–Pastor Ward Clinton