Saturday, October 06, 2007

Trouble On Two Fronts

Mat 7:212 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.


Mat 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Mat 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Mat 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Mat 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.


nanc said...

it is too bad we sometimes confuse our needs with our wants, no?

IOpian said...

When I was younger I used to see Oral Roberts Sr. on TV.Didn't think much about him until he started building the hospital there against the advice of Tulsa.

I found out my grandmother was sending him money that she really could have used for her needs and I was enraged by people like him that take advantage of fearful people nearing the end of their days and looking for a way to feel right with the Lord.

So now sits a monument in South Tulsa not to God but to Oral Roberts. And even as a young man it took me one reading of the Bible to see this.

My last straw was when he came up with this thing that the Lord was going to call him home if he didn't raise so many millions of dollars. Lord don't work like that, a Christian should welcome being called home and a man of faith should not feel he has to ask for money... that's not faith.

I have a friend that is trying to straighten out his life and another one of our musician friends took him to his church that he occasionally preaches at. My friend was telling me I need to hear him preach because he really knew the Bible. He was telling me I ought to come up there and see this drum set and the church was looking for musicians so I ought to bring my guitar. Sorry but that ain't my thang.

But he was telling me about this digital drumset. This thing is top of the line and runs about $5000.
He doesn't understand what I have against churchs but my moral lesson to him would be: Suppose Jesus was standing here and we showed him the $5000. What would Jesus want us to do.. buy a drum set or use the money to feed the hungry or buy some kid a coat or decent shoes ?