Praise the Lord.
At the time of this writing, we still do not have our 46th president.
It should come as no surprise based on the days and weeks leading up to Nov. 3, and from what is being said, it’s going to take some time even if one of them hits 270 electoral votes.
Be that as it may, congrats to one of my wife’s besties, Sis. Rene Flowers on winning her race. It wasn’t a mystery, just a prolonged inevitability. We wish you much success as you have some huge shoes to fill following Bro. Ken. With Jesus at the forefront, it will be a breeze.
I want to ask a few questions and remember, as I always do, I allow the Spirit of God to lead and guide my writing.
Back during the days of prohibition, two prominent groups ran this country, so to speak: the Mafia and the KKK. Both groups had political affiliations, one democratic and the other republican. The question is, do you know which is which, still to this day?
The next question is for those professing to be Christians, born-again believers, saints, or whatever title you are professing to be. Note, each of the aforementioned is NOT interchangeable; there are specific differences.
Did you know which group, democrat or republican, have violated several of God’s laws, commandments, Word? Some of these laws that are being violated back in the day were met with death. I understand law versus grace, so don’t go there.
There are very specific things that God stated were things that He hated and there is no evidence this has changed. The only justification that some use today is that we are now in the dispensation of grace, and it does not matter. This could not be further from the truth and could be quite deadly because it gives people a false sense of safety and protection against God’s wrath.
Grace is defined by many as God’s unmerited favor, or in layman’s terms, God gives us something we didn’t earn or couldn’t earn even if we wanted to.
The misrepresentation is this: grace allows you to live your lives however you want without consequences no matter how wicked, evil, ungodly, unjust, filthy and unrighteous it may be.
Grace is a stay of execution from the punishment or penalty of committing sinful acts and not repenting of them. We all know the scriptures say that the wages of sin, or the reward of committing a sinful act, is death, so grace affords the sinner or person guilty of committing the act the opportunity to repent, turn from their sinful ways and start to obey and follow Jesus.
Watered-down, sugarcoated, false teachings that many of these jelly back religious leaders have polluted the pulpits across America have misled the people and created a tsunami of sin the likes we have never seen nor thought would ever happen in our lifetime.
This tsunami of sin is equivalent to those back in Noah’s days and in the days of Sodom. Question, what did God do back then, and why do you think He decided just to let it all “slide” and turn a blind eye to it all?
One thing is sure, while God has extended grace for an undetermined amount of time, He has not suspended your sentence if you are choosing not to repent and are choosing to pile on the list of sinful acts, thoughts and beliefs.
Why are you going to church still and reading your holy scriptures if there are no more consequences for living this lawless, anything goes as long as I’m happy lifestyle? Oh right, my bad, there are some golden nuggets for obtaining wealth and riches in there.
Well, while this is true, riddle me this Batman, have you read the account of Lazarus, the beggar, and the rich man who wouldn’t even let Lazarus eat the crumbs that fell off his table in the Book of Luke 16. Whose end was victorious and whose was, well, you know?
Revelation is the culmination of mankind’s interaction with Jesus Christ and the result of that interaction. If grace sums it all up and there is no consequence for living however you want, explain to me this passage that’s being spoken to us by Jesus Christ Himself only ten scriptures before this holy bookends.
11 Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy (vile, impure), still be filthy; and the one who is righteous (just, upright), still be righteous; and the one who is holy, still be holy.”
12 “Behold, I (Jesus) am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each one according to the merit of his deeds (earthly works, faithfulness). 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End [the Eternal One].”
14 Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) are those who wash their robes [in the blood of Christ by believing and trusting in Him—the righteous who do His commandments], so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs [the godless, the impure, those of low moral character] and the sorcerers [with their intoxicating drugs, and magic arts], and the immoral persons [the perverted, the molesters, and the adulterers], and the murderers, and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying (deception, cheating).
Till next week,
Bishop Dr. Robert L. Harrison, Ph.D., DD