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Marriage Laws Undermined by One Word from Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner – Homosexual Behavior is “Immutable”!?

October 13, 2014

Last year I voiced grave concerns regarding the decision of the Supreme Court and how it will overturn the state’s laws banning same sex marriages so-called. Here is what I said,

Scalia’s dissenting opinion barely scratches the surface of dangers of where this can lead! Is it just about same sex marriage and destroying the traditional family? No! It is about the entire LGBTQ crowd demanding their recognition as a group comparable to one of race, sex, or ethnicity! This swings the legal doors wide open for them to claim their rights as if they are inalienable without consideration to morality – because now as a society the court has overruled us all! Anything goes with regards to sexuality!

Here is the source article from 6/29/2013: Beyond Same-Sex Marriage A Dangerous Precedent Has Been Set by SCOTUS!

So how did it happen? With a single word it appears the Federal Judge Posner decided one day to call homosexuality “immutable” and by doing this he obliterated the will of the people, ignoring science that disproves his opinion and the vast majority who believe God created one man and one woman for marriage.

Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner said,

“The challenged laws discriminate against a minority defined by an immutable characteristic, and the only rationale that the states put forth with any conviction— that same-sex couples and their children don’t need marriage because same-sex couples can’t produce children, intended or unintended—is so full of holes that it cannot be taken seriously.” [Online Source and / Bold emphasis mine]

Using that one word, “immutable” this activist judge does exactly what I said someone would to usurp the individual states and their interests. How can this judge not be challenged? How can this ruling itself not be overturned except by corruption in our government!? Sad day indeed when ONE MAN can make the outrageous claim that homosexual behavior is immutable then proceed to rationalize without empirical evidence to substantiate the claim! Immutable means, “Not capable of or susceptible to change,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Forget the rest of this judge’s irrational rationale, the foundation of the decision felling all of the state’s laws is that one word, “immutable” and it must be overturned or the Pandora’s box will be open destroying one of our nation’s last moral fibers. What is sad and shameful is the majority that sit idly by while we have this vocal group who choose a behavior/lifestyle govern us!

Time to write congress and let them know your displeasure and plead with them to rectify yet another miscarriage and abuse of power by the judicial branch.

I’ll end on this quote from one Supreme Court Justice who saw this last year with their bad decision the same applies this year as expected:

This case is about power in several respects. It is about the power of our people to govern themselves, and the power of this Court to pronounce the law. Today’s opinion aggrandizes the latter, with the predictable consequence of diminishing the former. We have no power to decide this case. And even if we did, we have no power under the Constitution to invalidate this democratically adopted legislation. The Court’s errors on both points spring forth from the same diseased root: an exalted conception of the role of this institution in America. Source Scalia’s Dissent: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-307_6j37.pdf

John Beardsley – Truth with Snares
10/13/2014

 

 

2014 “Left Behind” Reboot – Rapture Pulp Fiction for the Christian

October 3, 2014

LeftBehind_revised_domestic_72dpiWatch out there’s another apocalyptic movie coming to the big screen near you!

Today, October 3rd 2014, a remake of Left Behind is released with a lineup of some big Hollywood names: Nicholas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan, Jordin Sparks, Lea Thompson and directed by Vic Armstrong. The movie is promising to bring biblical prophecy to life:

“Left Behind is an apocalyptic Action-Thriller movie starring Nicolas Cage based on the New York Times bestselling novel that brings biblical prophecy to life in modern times. The most important event in the history of mankind is happening right now. In the blink of an eye, the biblical Rapture strikes the world. Millions of people disappear without a trace. All that remains are their clothes and belongings, and in an instant, terror and chaos spread around the world. The vanishings cause unmanned vehicles to crash and burn. Planes fall from the sky. Emergency forces everywhere are devastated. Gridlock, riots and looting overrun the cities. There is no one to help or provide answers. In a moment, the entire planet is plunged into darkness.” [emphasis in bold mine] (Online Source)

Compared to other Hollywood movies, this $16 million dollar production would be considered low cost. After all it’s nothing more than Christian *pulp fiction.

For our new reader who may not be familiar, the Left Behind movie being released today is largely derived from the 16 book series of the same title written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, and a remake of Left Behind: The Movie released in 2000 starring Kirk Cameron. Compared to the book it is said this remake is adapted to focus on the Rapture and what immediately follows.

The 2014 remake comes after a protracted legal battle of nine years between professing Christians Tim LaHaye vs. Cloud Ten Pictures including Paul Lalonde who is CEO of Stoney Lake Entertainment (SLE) and producing the latest version of the movie. Now that legal battles are settled, SLE gets a “big thumbs up” from series writers Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins bringing us their freshly regurgitated movie in Hollywood style. (Online source)

So how will this latest Left Behind measure (biblically speaking) compared to the movies Noah or Heaven is for Real? Well, as bad or worse. We reviewed the Left Behind books and year 2000 version of the movie back in 2001 (online source).

Obviously unchanged is the fictionalizing of Scripture which is an egregious offense in and of itself, not to mention, the theology presented in the books is grossly inaccurate regardless of how much the publisher wants you to believe his claim that “The series is guaranteed to be theologically sound.” Paul Lalonde represents this latest movie as biblical prophecy that “…has not happened yet.” So I guess the question is how, in what way the passage of time made the Left Behind, books or movies biblical? First, here are some examples from our book review of what remains unchanged to consider:

  • One of the very questionable doctrines the Left Behind series teaches is that at the time of the rapture pregnant women will suddenly become un-pregnant (that is, the unborn babies will be taken in the rapture and will leave the unsaved mother, who is left behind, many pounds lighter!). A rapture for embryos! (vol. 1, Left Behind, pp. 46-47).
  • The pope is raptured away! The books depict the Roman Catholic pope as a saved man who is taken away in the Rapture.
  • The books feature the formation of a “Tribulation Force” to resist the Antichrist. There is nothing like this even hinted at in the Bible.
  • Large numbers of relatives and friends of Christians are saved after the Rapture occurs.
  • Prayers to the dead is taught in one of the books. During the funeral for a Tribulation-era pastor, one of the leaders of the Tribulation Force is depicted as praying to the dead man (vol. 3, Nicolae, p. 315).
  • New Age/occult out-of-body experiences are encouraged. One of the characters in The Indwelling has an elaborate and richly detailed out-of-body experience (OBE); LaHaye glorifies OBE as a good way to pray. LaHaye’s OBE account is identical with OBEs described and marketed by countless New Agers on the Internet and in myriads of occult based books (vol. 7, The Indwelling, pp. 232-248).
  • Satan is in charge of the weather. One of the key figures in the Left Behind books is the supposed leader of the 144,000 Jews. In book four, he sends out a message to believers throughout the world via the Internet and makes the following statement: “Eons ago, God the Father conceded control of earth’s weather to Satan himself, the prince and power of the air” (vol. 4, Soul Harvest, p. 232).
  • The Christians in the books make major decisions based on their intuitions and human reasoning rather than on Bible precepts. For example, two of the heroes of the Left Behind series become romantically involved. Though they discuss the matter and wonder if it is God’s will, they get married and have a child in the midst of the Great Tribulation, with no apparent consultation of the Scriptures.
  • Easy-believism and low moral standards are promoted in the Left Behind  Based on a bathroom scene where the hero, Buck, gets converted, it appears all that is needed to be saved is mental assent to God’s existence. Then when Buck uses his credit card to embezzle and steal from his boss, this “Christian” deems all okay because the theft is for the cause of Christ (and his boss is the Antichrist).
  • Female Bible teachers are acceptable. Book three has two female members of the “Tribulation Force” trained to teach the Bible to mixed groups of people (vol. 3,Nicolae, pp. 354,355). Contrast this teaching with 1 Timothy 2:12.
  • Books 8 & 9 teach that recipients of the mark of the beast can still be saved. In The Mark, “the Chang scenario” is developed, whereby a character receives both the mark of the beast and the sealing of the Lord. In Desecration, Chang’s dual-marking was justified in the storyline.
    (Online source Biblical Discernment Ministries)

Second, the new Left Behind movie violates a basic principle of partnering with the world as stated in 2 Corinthians 6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” Even the Left Behind FAQ page demonstrates in their casting that being a Christian was not a requirement.

Third and most importantly, it is part of the Gospel where the Bible says of Jesus’ return: Acts 1:11 “Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

John Nelson Darby November 1800 – April 1882 Founder of the “Exclusive Brethren”

The movie’s version of a “rapture” with Jesus secretly snatching us away is completely false, and in fact is the exact opposite to the truth of scripture; “…shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” What the movie is preaching is Jesus coming and secretly snatching us (all who believe along with dead believers resurrected) joining Him in the clouds, communing in Heaven for seven years while “The Great Tribulation” occurs on Earth. There are many books on the subject, but these teachings are NEW by biblical standards; an invention credited to John Nelson Darby in 1827 (or 1830 depending who you choose to believe) and later plagiarized & popularized of Cyrus Ingerson Scofield.

Cyrus Ingerson Scofield (August 1843 – July 1921) Author of the Scofield Bible, unqualified to pastor divorced abandoned first wife and children, called a “scallywag” for his questionable financial transactions, self-awarded doctorate credentials and more.

When you look at the BIBLICAL picture of Jesus’ return it refers to His Second Coming. Acts 1:11 and many other verses tell of one event described with different verbs; Jesus Second Advent, return, coming, and appearing. The Bible says in context, [bold emphasis mine]

Matthew 24:30 “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

Mark 13:26 “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.”

Luke 21:27 “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”

Revelation 1:7 “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”

Fourth, we have material on our site documenting the shady history of Darby and Scofield including proof that the theory of the rapture idea was born out of a vision from a 15 year old teenage girl involved with in the occult. This was during the same relative time-frame as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Irvingites and others. So is it only coincidence that this alleged biblical rapture doctrine got its start during a time of unprecedented heresy? Please, save you money, give it to a solid Bible believing church that is not promoting these false teachings and read your Bibles!

Why is this so very important you ask? Jesus IS coming again as the verses above proclaim! His coming will not be a two stage event as these “rapture” teachers say because the Bible only speaks of Jesus’ return once to gather His children:

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Left Behind is just another in a long line of apocalyptic movies that Christians should ignore.

The rapture teachers are raving on and on about how bad things are in the world today when the Bible teaches Jesus returns, comes, and is revealed in a time of peace and safety, even merry making:

Matthew 24:37-39 “But as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

Luke 17:26-30 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed [them] all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober. 7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”

I have read the erroneous theory put forward by the rapture teachers, and I must judge by the fruit of the men Darby and Scofield. An honest look at these men and their teachings left me with a question, “Why are we listening to them versus well respected teachers who repudiated Darby’s teachings as cult-like!? Incidentally, Scofield was not qualified to be in the pulpit, the details are included here.

Some of these same verses in 1 Thessalonians 4 above are cherry-picked to support the “rapture” teachings but neither the word “rapture” nor the concept are ever used in the Bible. The use of “rapture” started being used synonymously with Jesus’ coming after 1830 and more frequently when popularized by the Scofield Bible with his footnotes in 1909.

There are many reasons I am against movies like Left Behind; they not only misrepresent the Gospel of Jesus – they add to and take away from scriptures, and in particular Biblical prophecy, that every Christian knows comes with one of the strongest condemnation in scriptures:

Revelation 22:18-19 (KJV) “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book.”

Deviating from the context of the Bible is dangerous, but as we know Hollywood is no stranger to perverting scriptures. Why would Bible believing Christians want to partner with God hating Hollywood? I suppose they believe in some fashion the ends justify the means, but referring back to Revelation 22 you are literally playing with Hell fire! If you believe we can justify or rationalize changing any meaning from the plain words of scripture all I can say is – wow! I will pray for you!

Still not convinced? My wife has done research showing the root of the word rapture for Jesus’ coming according to the Oxford Exhaustive Dictionary until 1830 was related to an emotional experience, not in a prophetical biblical doctrine – to this day its primary definition is still an emotional experience.

As Christians we have a duty as the Bereans do to scripture, Acts 17:11 to see if these things are so and a plain reading of scriptures shows us no secret snatching away of Christians in the midst of troubled times. However, the Bible does teach if we would choose to live Godly we will suffer persecution. Any studying of the history of the past 2000 years plainly reveals brothers and sisters in Christ who have suffered horrible deaths for Christ! Yet were they miraculously raptured!? No! So from the start of the “Rapture” teachings it can be shown as patently false.

2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

Reading further in 1 Thessalonians 5 you will see we are called the children of the light and children of the day – we have nothing to fear from mankind so why do so many Christians today fret about trials and tribulation!? Why are you looking to escape when we are all called, we are all chosen by the grace of God to be a light to this ever darkening world!? Now is the time to shine brighter to reach to the lost souls all around us. Now is the time to stand in faith, what can man’s wrath do to us?

One day Jesus will return to Earth to get his Bride the Church,
This is a certainty, and what follows is just as sure!
Do not call to hasten that awful Day of the Lord!
Only we look for His beautiful City, the New Jerusalem!
Made by His hands, not our own!
The Day of the Lord comes soon enough!
When all the tribes of Earth shall mourn!

But until that Day,
Terrible times may come by the wrath of men,
As we are hated and persecuted for Jesus’ cause,
But until the end we shall stand!!!
Never wavering held firm by His hand!

May we not seek to escape as some have been tricked,
May we keep the pure Gospel truth of Jesus death, burial and resurrection in front of us!
Today we must shine brighter than ever before,
For all men to see even to some who claim to love only Thee!

What is more frightening to this soul,
Are false brethren among us!
For over a hundred years making their paths appear straight,
Tearing at the foundations of the Church you built!
But in vain they bite and devour,
Because we carry Your light!
Lord Jesus we stand by Your might and whatever the cost,
We must do and say what is right!

We stand true, and yes to die means only to be with you!
As sheep to the slaughter? Perhaps not!
For greater things did you say we would do!
May we not only stand but boldly stand in this dark lonely world for you!

 

Loss of a Very Dear Friend Pastor Ken Silva

October 2, 2014

apprisingheaderReaders,

It is with sadness I must announce the death of a dear friend and brother in Christ, Pastor Ken Silva on September 29th, 2014. Ken ran Apprising Ministries and the Christian Research Network in addition to being the pastor of Connecticut River Baptist Church.

Please be in prayer for their Associate Pastor David Moses and their members who have done so very much to help Ken through his illness over the years! Here is a link to the official announcement from Connecticut River Baptist Church: PASTOR KEN SILVA’S PASSING

Please pray that the mission of Apprising Ministries and Christian Research Network not only continues, but grows!

While I am saddened by this loss, I have peace and joy in the thought that one day we will see each other again in Heaven. So for those who believe we will have plenty of time to catch up!

1 John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

Sincerely,

John Beardsley

 

Question! What’s Right with It?

August 30, 2014
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I find myself in utter amazement when I hear the question “What’s wrong with it?” from individuals who claim a true Christian testimony as it relates to so-called Christian themed movies, music, TV shows, books and etc. The fact that these were created by people who have no knowledge of true Christianity is telling in and of itself. To prove that point, Jesus says; “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me” John 14:6. Yet the world calls many faiths “Christian,” not understanding that most do not hold to Jesus’ words. To the world the word Christian is a generic term for many beliefs, and or almost any person claiming a religious experience. Even some in the media and entertainment sector who claim to have a Christian testimony do not take the time to make sure their version of Biblical accounts is accurate according to God’s word. It is especially heart-wrenching to hear the question “what’s wrong with it?” from one who has claimed a personal relationship with Jesus for many years, and yet does not see, or is not willing to see the error which is blatantly abundant. Sadly, it is taken a step further by many to praise, ignore and justify the error by saying that God’s word will not return unto him void, even if it is misused. The ends do not justify the means! In this age we live in, there are few who take God’s word to heart and actually do their best to live by it. II Timothy 2:15 says “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Acts 17:11 “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

The true Christian society is growing increasingly apathetic and frankly, just plain lazy in their diligence to search the scriptures once in a while, let alone daily. If this were not the case, there would be a greater outcry in the world’s erroneous depiction and mockery of Christianity. It seems the psycho-babble from the world that you always have to be positive, loving and tolerant has saturated people’s brains to the point they either can no longer discern the truth, or they simply don’t have the desire to. The truth is, there is negativity in this world and there always will be. Turning a blind eye will not make it go away nor will it solve anything. The truth can be negative just because it is uncomfortable to hear, or because it reveals what we don’t want to recognize. It comes down to this, you will see the truth for what it is and stand by it, or you won’t. Should you decide to stand for truth keep this in mind—being loving and tolerant does not mean taking a back seat to everything decent and moral in order to satisfy the world’s rebellious and sinful nature. Since when should true Christians let the world dictate God’s principles, and tell them that they are wrong to act on them? If you live by God’s principles then you do not live by the world’s. When you hear someone ask “What’s wrong with it?” what they are truly saying is “I don’t see anything wrong with it,” in which you should reply “What’s right with it and why don’t you see anything wrong?” Most of the error and mockery is so in your face, Christians should be ashamed of themselves for not seeing it, or standing against it when they do see it.

When it comes to God’s word there is no room for error or the blindness of it. Neither is there room to appease those who would not hear in an attempt to please them. If you are asked, “Why do you always have to find something wrong with everything; why can’t you just accept it and not be so negative?” Because God said to rightly divide the word of truth. Ask yourselves, why is truth the target at which the arrow of negativity is being shot rather than the error, where it should be directed?

Why aren’t there more Christians rightly dividing the word of truth and unashamedly speaking up for it? Can it be they have been walking down the world’s path for so long they don’t know what the truth is anymore? If not, why are there so many afraid to make the truth be known? The truth will divide! Which would you rather be recognized for; knowing the truth and standing up for it even if it means standing among only a faithful few, or staying quiet and do nothing in order to be viewed as a positive person and earn praise from the faithless majority? We can all be peacemakers, but not at the expense of hiding, denying, ignoring, or justifying, the truth.

The wide path is for all those who want to follow the crowd; unconcerned where the path leads or who they are following. True and honest discernment will lead you down the narrow path of wisdom in life while you continue to learn and stand on the truths of God’s word.

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

By Kathy Beardsley

Tolerance – The modern redefinition of this word…

August 30, 2014

TOLERANCE – The modern redefinition of this word is; to completely accept and support whatever the current cause is (regardless of your personal beliefs and standards) or be labeled intolerant hatemongers. The true definition of tolerance: to hold oneself up against, bear with, endure, forbear, suffer. This present day we live in seems to be moving beyond true tolerance in order to enter into a stage in which acceptance is mandatory and made law or consequences will be imposed. Actually, that mostly seems to apply to fundamental Christians standing firm on God’s principles instead of man’s. True Christians do their best to obey God’s principles and separate from the world’s rebellion of them. The world’s retribution, justified in their mind, is to lash back through accusations of discrimination, intolerance, bullying etc., all the while playing the victim and turning their distorted view of tolerance into a sympathetic cause for support. Jesus is the best example of true tolerance.

Hebrews 12:2, 3 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”

Total and complete acceptance? No!
Offense of God’s principles is sin!
Listening to the world will surely throw
Even the mature Christian into a spin.
Refuse to cave in to worldly pressure,
Accept only the pure things of God.
Neutrality simply allows things to fester;
Critique the facts and discern the fraud.
Establishing truth is a fundamental gesture.

© 2014, Kathy A. Beardsley

The Sound from the Tops of the Mulberry Trees

August 18, 2014

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2 Samuel 5:23-24 “And when David enquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; [but] fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. 24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.”

Hear is an excerpt from a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon back in 1857,

Now, my Brothers and Sisters, is the time for us to bestir ourselves! Oh let us cry to God more earnestly! Let our Prayer Meetings be filled with men who come full of vehement petitions. Let our private altars be more constantly kept burning, causing the smoke of prayer to ascend and let our closets continually be occupied by earnest intercession! Bestir yourself—there is a “sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees.”

That is concerning the Church at large and the same Truth holds good of any particular congregation. One Sabbath-Day the minister preached with great unction. God clothed him with power—he seemed like John the Baptist in the wilderness, crying, “Repent you, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” He spoke with all the earnestness of a man who was about to die. He so spoke that the people trembled—a visible thrill passed through the audience. Every eye was fixed and the tears seemed to bedew every cheek. Men and women rose up from the sermon, saying, “Surely, God was in this place and we have felt His Presence.” What ought a Christian to say, as he retires from the House of God? He should say, “I have heard this day the sound of the leaves of the mulberry trees.” I saw the people earnest. I marked the minister speaking mightily, God having touched his lips with a live coal from off the altar. I saw the tears in every eye. I saw the deep, wrapped attention of many who were careless. There were some young people there that looked as if they had been impressed— their countenances seemed to show that there was a work going on. Now, what should I do? The first thing I will do is I will bestir myself! But how shall I do it? Why, I will go home this day and I will wrestle in prayer more earnestly than I have been likely to do, that God will bless the minister and multiply the Church! Well, what next? Where do I sit? Was there a young woman in my pew that seemed impressed? When I go this evening I will look out for her. I have heard the “sound of the leaves of the mulberry trees,” and I will bestir myself. And if I see her there, I will speak a word to her, or, what is more, if I hear another sermon like it and I see any who seem to be impressed, I will try to find them out, for I know that two words from a private person are often better than 50 from a minister! So that if I have seen a young man impressed, I will touch him on his elbow and say, “You seemed as if you enjoyed this sermon.” “Yes, I liked it very well.” “And do you like spiritual things?” Who can tell? I may be made the means of his conversion! At all events, I shall have this sweet consolation to go to bed with—I heard the “sound of the leaves of the mulberry trees,” and as soon as I heard it, I bestirred myself that I might serve my God and be the means of winning souls from Hell! But, alas, my Brothers and Sisters, much of the seed we sow seems to be lost for lack of watering! Many an impressive sermon seems to lose much of its force because it is not followed up as it should be. God’s purposes, I know, are answered. His Word does not return unto Him void. Still, I think we might sometimes ask ourselves, have we not been too dilatory, too neglectful in not availing ourselves of favorable times and seasons when the power of the Spirit has been in our midst and when we should have looked upon it as the signal for more strenuously exerting ourselves in the service of our Master?

The same I might say of any time of general sickness, or any time of plague or cholera, or sudden death. There are times when the cholera is raging through our streets. The people are all trembling, they are afraid to die. Mark—that is the “sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees.” It is the business of you and me to bestir ourselves when people are by any means led to serious thought—when God is walking through the land and smiting down first one and then another and the minds of the people are all on tiptoe concerning what the end shall be. When there has been some alarming fire; when a sudden death has taken place in the street, or in the court, or in a house, it is the Christian’s business to seize upon the time and to improve it for his Master!

“Now,” said the Puritans, during the great plague of London, when the hireling parish priests had fled from their Churches—“now is our time to preach!” And all through that terrible time when the carts, filled with the dead, went through the streets overgrown with grass, these strong-minded Puritans occupied the pulpits and boldly preached the Word of God! Brothers, that is what we should do whenever we see a time more favorable than another for telling sinners of the wrath to come! Let us seize it, just as the merchant looks out for every turn of the market, for every rise and every fall—and just as the farmer looks out for a good season for sowing or planting or mowing. Let us look out for the best times for seeking to do good! Let us plow deep while sluggards sleep and let us labor as much as possible in the best season to make hay while the sun is shining and serve our God when we hear the “sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees.”

Excerpt from a sermon by Charles H. Spurgeon, May 31st 1857
Online source: The Sound in the Mulberry Trees

Philippians 2:15-19 “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me. But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.”

1 Corinthians 9:26-27 “I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

2 Peter 1:10 “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:”

In this day and age where false teachers abound – now is our time to shine for the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Suicide – A Harsh Reality of Depression a Dreadful Snare!

August 17, 2014

RobinWilliamsSnareRobin Williams’ suicide is a sensitive and serious subject, but it needs to be talked about openly.

We don’t want anyone following the dark path of this and other Hollywood idols!– while I will certainly agree depression is real, it is also a snare. In Robin Williams’ case and many other ‘Hollywooders,’ depression I believe it was worsened through the use of drugs and alcohol at the very least, then compounded by prescription antidepressants. A snare is not a disease, and once you are caught in it you can ultimately destroy yourself unless you escape it!

Jesus Christ is the ultimate escape for depression because He is God and He is real. If you are thinking of using antidepressant drugs instead – well from what I have seen in life those drugs only help temporarily. If you have a television, or read the news, look and see how many who have committed suicide were actually taking or had recently stopped taking antidepressants! Listen, and read the side effects – thoughts of suicide is one of many!

I know of no man or woman regretting a decision to surrender to Jesus Christ seeking His forgiveness. I know I will never meet a man or woman in Heaven after I die that will regret that decision – the side effects of that decision are joy and peace that surpasses understanding! Oh, and how about life like that eternally! Sound good!?

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

As for where Robin Williams is for eternity is ultimately up to God, but the Bible teaches us to judge according to the scriptures (fruit of the spirit) not by our emotions. While Robin Williams was a very funny man to many, and yes may has done good things for the USO and other charities, his own words mocking God – are no laughing matter. He was known for perverse stand-up comedy routines shocking listeners who thought he was “family friendly” and add to that what he said of himself, “It was during his stand-up where he was most able to tap into what he calls, “possession…Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde… that’s where people can get as dark as they can in comedy ‑ in the name of comedy.”” Williams said that himself and he wasn’t joking when he said it! That quote made my hair stand on end!

Robin Williams’ life like many other celebrities are/were complete train wrecks – we shouldn’t be looking up to them. We should be warning others to put their faith in no man except Christ. “Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16), Jesus said. When judging the “fruits” this is not judging the heart – we must judge by God’s Word, not by what appeals to human reasoning.

As the photos I included here show, no matter what expression he has, to a degree it was a facade – a mask covering the real man who was caught in the awful snare of depression. He like thousands of others did seek help – but from those who could not really help!

Mark 10:49-52 “And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. 50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. 52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.”

Are you blinded by depression today and somehow stumbled upon this webpage? Is Jesus calling to you through these scriptures? I believe He is! Stop where you are this second and pray to Jesus, surrender to Him this moment and let Him carry this load!

He will give you the escape and I sincerely believe it because I have the assurance of salvation, and you can too!

1 Peter 5:6-8 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

Jesus also said,

Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.

I promise you will not regret surrendering to God who has sought you out from the darkest place in your life that you are!

– John A. Beardsley III, August 17, 2014

 

RESTING IN PEACE?

Another famous actor died today;
An apparent suicide is what they say.
He was funny, and made a great impression;
Yet he was overcome by his depression.

He had all that this world could give;
A life many would kill to live.
What happened? Why this man?
I’ll try to explain as best I can.

A life without Jesus as the Savior,
Is destined to tormented failure.
True happiness will never depend
On how much money you have to spend;

Neither will a popular reputation
Save you from a depressed infiltration.
Resting-in-peace can only be achieved
When in Jesus as Savior you have believed.

I’m sorry to burst the sad and sympathetic bubble,
But things of this world are just wood, hay, and stubble.
When people die without salvation by grace,
Peace is definitely NOT a part of their resting place.

Death is a serious matter! We need to think before we speak.
R.I.P. to one whose salvation is too late to seek,
Is sadly, nothing more than an empty farewell.
Don’t let this be your fate. There is no rest in Hell!

2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

© Kathy Beardsley 8/11/2014

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