Thursday, January 2, 2020

I Have a Brain Tumor

Please excuse the lack of luster and perhaps spell checking as well.
It's taken me several days to be able to gather this much strength to write.

I was diagnosed with a Posterior Fossa tumor 10 days ago.
I have multiple MRI / CT scans scheduled for the 7th & 8th of January.
Pre-Op surgical testing scheduled for January 24th @ 10AM.
Neurosurgery is scheduled for January 29th.  It is a 6-8+ hour surgery.

Images from first CT

Images from MRI

With that said, the tumor continues to press upon my brain stem and I am in bad shape.
(the lower image shows the Tumor pressing on the brain stem)
(the other white areas are cerebral fluid channels)

If you know me personally, you know how to reach me directly for more information.
If you don't, there is an area on every page allowing you to email me directly.

For anyone who would see this and desires to pray for me, thank you.
Please pray that it's God's Will for me to recover or His Will for me to come home.
Because those are what I'm praying for.

If you pray for my family, pray for them in earnest.
They have not the love of God, nor the Son, but only of things of the world.

If I recover from this I am going to be moving in a new direction.
There's another story intermingled among the story of divorce and staying with an unbeliever.
I've been living that story for the past 12 years.  Quietly.  Silently.  Prayerfully.  Sadly.

For those of you who know how to raise funds, my family will need help paying the bills.
I have insurance, but a high deductable and a whole new year to start paying it again.
Anyway, that's all I'll say about money.  If you've known me for more than a minute, then you
already know I've said more about money just now than I have in years.

To those I know and have individually interacted with in this life:

I love you each and individually.
You have been important to me.
Giving you my time was a pleasure.
God knows that you were a blessing to me.

ihs : swak

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Suicide - Fast Track to God or One Way Ticket to Hell?

*** NOTICE: If you are easily saddened and prone to cry and can't emotionally deal with facts and the truth, please skip reading this.  If however you are tired of people sugar-coating things and essentially lying to you, then please read on! ***

1 Corinthians 1:19,21,25 - For it is written: " I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent." For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

So this week my inbox lit up like a Christmas tree.
Usually this makes me happy, but the topic makes me shake my head in disgust.

Allow me to paraphrase the abundance of the same question into one homogeneous question:

Question: Pastor Keith, as I'm sure you've already heard, this week a Pastor out in California by the name of Jarrid Wilson killed himself.  The media is writing this up as if he was the greatest person in the world, yet by his own admission he was suffering from severe depression for many years.  So the 2 questions I would like answered are these:

1. Should a person suffering from severe mental illness BE a Pastor?

2. Should we as Christians learn from his example and all kill ourselves so that we can get the fast track to Heaven and leave this miserable existence behind?

Answer: Whew...

Now anyone who's been following me for a while knows that I don't shy away from the hard questions.  As a matter of fact, I'm probably one of only very few who will actually ANSWER the really controversial questions.  Fact is, I'm not here to make the majority of the secular world happy, my Ministry is to preach the word, regardless of the cost.

Ok, so with that out of the way, let me start off with the 1st question.

NO.  Anyone "suffering" from mental health issues SHOULD NOT BE A PASTOR.  PERIOD.

NO.  Suffering from a mental health issue DOES NOT and SHOULD NOT give you "street cred".

If your pastor is dealing with mental health issues, DO YOU REALLY WANT HIM COUNSELING YOU?  What about your lawyer?  Pharmacist?  Accountant?  Babysitter?

If ANY Pastor is dealing with mental health issues, THEY SHOULD QUIT, THEY ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO LEAD ANYONE.  They are a DANGER to YOUR mental health and that of your children.

Luke 6:39 - And He spoke a parable to them: "Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?"

With that said, I would of course want them to get professional help, and perhaps one day if they feel lead by the Holy Spirit to do so, resume their ministry.  Short of that, they do not belong in ANY WORKING CAPACITY within ANY church.

So, onto the 2nd question.  Is suicide really our Fast Track to Heaven and the reward?
The fact that I have to answer this question makes my stomach hurt.

I did read a few articles regarding this Pastor and him killing himself.  To be honest, my heart aches for the wife and 2 beautiful children he's left behind.  His wife Juli actually believes that Jarrid "went to go be with Jesus".  Even his own Pastor says Jarrid went to "Go be with the Lord"

So what does the bible say about killing yourself?
First some commentary, then the bible verses.

Suicide as a word has only been around for a couple of hundred years.  Before it was given a "name", it was generally referred to as "self-killing" or "self-murder".  How interesting, inasmuch as one of the 10 Commandments is "Thou shalt not kill".  Ask just about anyone to list off the 10 Commandments and that's probably one of the very few that they know!

Now, it may be difficult for you to wrap your mind around this, but suicide is an act of PRIDE.

Consider for a moment some recent notable suicides:

Robin Williams - Suffering from Lewy body dementia decided to hang himself in order to avoid the humiliation of becoming a public spectacle due to him losing the ability to control the debilitating effects of the disease.

Jeffrey Epstein - Supposedly killed himself in jail, rather than be publicly humiliated by answering for the many decades of disgusting debauchery that he was finally going to be held accountable for.  He supposedly hung himself.

Ariel Castro - This man kidnapped and raped at least 3 women we know of and held them captive for years, raping them repeatedly and even getting one pregnant.  Like Jeffrey Epstein, he killed himself, rather than deal with the humiliation of being locked up and dealing with the consequences of his actions.  He also hung himself.

So with that said, let's see what the bible shows us about suicide:

Judges 9:52-54 - So Abimelech came as far as the tower and fought against it; and he drew near the door of the tower to burn it with fire. But a certain woman dropped an upper millstone on Abimelech's head and crushed his skull. Then he called quickly to the young man, his armorbearer, and said to him, "Draw your sword and kill me, lest men say of me, 'A woman killed him.' " So his young man thrust him through, and he died.

Abimelech would have SURELY plunged his own sword into his chest had he not been mortally wounded by that woman.  He had his armorbearer finish the job the woman started in order to avoid the HUMILIATION of being killed by a woman.

1 Samuel 31:3-4 - The battle became fierce against Saul. The archers hit him, and he was severely wounded by the archers. Then Saul said to his armorbearer, "Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised men come and thrust me through and abuse me." But his armorbearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword and fell on it.

Saul killed himself with his own sword in order to avoid the humiliation of being taken prisoner and tortured by non-Jews.

1 Samuel 31:5 - And when his armorbearer saw that Saul was dead, he also fell on his sword, and died with him.

That was one tragic battle.  After Saul lost all of his sons and then took his own life, I guess his armorbearer felt as if he had little to live for, knowing the humiliation he would face due to the overwhelming victory of the Philistines.

2 Samuel 17:23 - Now when Ahithophel saw that his advice was not followed, he saddled a donkey, and arose and went home to his house, to his city. Then he put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died; and he was buried in his father's tomb.

Ahithophel (say that name 10 times fast), clearly felt humiliated and discredited over the fact that King David's son Absalom no longer valued his advice.

1 Kings 16:18-19 - And it happened, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the citadel of the king's house and burned the king's house down upon himself with fire, and died, because of the sins which he had committed in doing evil in the sight of the LORD, in walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin which he had committed to make Israel sin.

Here we go again, after Zimri's rebellion failed, he set the king's house on fire and died a very fiery death.  Humiliation, again!

Matthew 27:3-5 - Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, "I have sinned by betraying innocent blood." And they said, "What is that to us? You see to it!" Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.

We can't forget Judas!  So humiliated was he, that he betrayed what he finally understood to be "innocent blood", that he felt he had no choice but to kill himself by hanging.

Are you seeing the pattern here?

People kill themselves for a variety of reasons, but PRIDE is always the number one reason behind every suicide.  EVERY - SUICIDE.

Ok, so do you go to heaven or hell after killing yourself?
How about you tell me....

Let's say you were the best church-goer that your church has ever seen.  You gave more than anyone, you volunteered more time than anyone, prayed more than anyone, fed more homeless than the Catholic church during the depression.  And then you find out your wife cheated on you and you kill yourself to avoid the humiliation of dealing with reality.  Do you find yourself in the warm embrace of an "all-loving, all-forgiving, all-understanding God", or do you wind up in the pit of Hell and get to hang out with the likes of Hitler, Jeffrey Dahmer and Aleister Crowley for the rest of eternity?

As I say repeatedly in my yet to be released book, "But is it Biblical?", we are called to place all of our faith and all of our trust in GOD ALONE.  When?  At all times!  For how long?  For as long as we live.  If you live your life depending on your own goodness and your own strength, you will fail.

Matthew 19:17 - So He said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God."

If you die in your sins, you will not inherit eternal life, you will however inherit the Judgement.

Matthew 5:21 - "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.'"

As Christians we should all recognize that our continued faith, our unwavering commitment, our unconditional acceptance of the blood of Christ as complete atonement for our sins & our undying love of God is what will GUARANTEE that we'll AVOID THE JUDGEMENT.  The bible tells us that IF we have to stand before a Holy God on judgement day, we'll all be found guilty and receive our penalty.  If however we place all of our faith and all of our trust in God alone, He promises us the FREE GIFT of eternal life in His presence.

If you self-murder, kill yourself or commit suicide, you will be committing the sin of murdering yourself, which by definition means that you took something that belongs to God and you decided your own fate.  If you die in sin, there can never be ANY repentance.  Dead is dead.  Once your body stops drawing breath, you've given up any access to turn away from your sin (repent).

1 Corinthians 6:19 - Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

Believe me when I tell you that I know suicide and indeed ALL mental health issues are serious business.  Sure, I recognize that this is an extremely sensitive subject, especially for anyone who has had to personally deal with the fallout of a loved one killing themselves.

If you or someone you know or love is dealing with depression or thoughts of suicide, please don't stand by and watch them die for nothing.  Suggest that they get help.  If they won't heed your prodding, talk to their family, other friends or even go to their church to try to get an intervention started and get them some help.  At the very least give them the phone number to a suicide hotline.  And most of all, PRAY FOR THEM.  Pray furiously that it's God's will that they get help and LIVE!

If you've never read my blog before, it's important that you understand that the underlying intent is love.  Not the fake love that's all smiles and lies, but the kind of love that will pull you out of the way of a speeding truck and then yell at you for not paying attention and being more careful!

As with all of my blog posts, I expect backlash from people who don't agree with me.

If you have something constructive you'd like to DISCUSS without vulgarity or hate, I welcome the opportunity to have a discussion.  If you're filled with bile and venom, perhaps you need the Gospel message more than you can imagine.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Lots of Readers - So Few Comments

So a few weeks ago I was having a chat with a friend and the subject came up about why there are so few comments left on my blog.

Something you may not be aware of, is this site has a quite large and steady readership.
Believe me, nobody is more surprised than I am!  :P

The most interesting thing, is I get quite a large number of questions and comments emailed to me, it's just that online comments are almost non-existent.

Another thing you may not know, is that I have been quite active at trying to partner with other Pastors and Evangelists.  The funny thing about that, is while these other Pastors and Evangelists have a quite small online presence, they hold my lack of commenters against me.  LOL.

So I have a request.

If it's not too much trouble, please leave some comments.

Who knows, maybe if some of the activity from my inbox gets shifted into the Blog.....
Maybe the second season of "Biblically Speaking" will get kick-started into motion!

For those of you who are privacy minded like myself, I'm not asking for you to get involved with social networking, not in the least.  I'm just talking about starting a conversation, except instead of you emailing me, click the little box to leave a comment.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Pastor Keith Says #1

About 6 zillion times a year someone says to me, "Look Pastor Keith, I know you like to say what the Bible says about things, but I want to know what PASTOR KEITH says about things!  Don't you have any thoughts or opinions of your own???"  While I of course have thoughts and opinions of my own, these people have SO missed the point that it's sad.

Think about this for a moment.  A history teacher walks into the room and begins by saying, "It doesn't say this anywhere in the history books, but I know for CERTAIN that what I'm about to teach you is true."  Are you scared yet?  How about if a Pastor begins the days preaching with, "Now it doesn't say this anywhere in the Bible, but believe me when I tell you that the spirit has revealed these things to me!"  About now you should be running for the doors!  If someone attempts to teach you something that IS NOT and CAN NOT be found ANYWHERE in the Bible, run, Run, RUN!

With that said, even though I recognize that compared to God, that I really know very little, sometimes I like to think that I come up with some pretty sound advice.  And as with most things, you get what you pay for, so if you don't like these musings I'll share with you, please feel free to return them for a full refund!  :P

Pastor Keith says, "On your deathbed, it's better to regret the things that you didn't do, rather than the things that you did do.  The things not done were not consequential, merely things that you would have enjoyed in the flesh!  The things that were done, are things that were not only consequential, but will weigh heavily on your mind, your heart and in your spirit.  If you are presented with an opportunity to do something and you can't find any way for that something to bring Glory to God, then you probably shouldn't be doing it in the first place.

And that reminds me.  I'm not actually suggesting that you have ANY regrets at all, but suffice it to say that without some regret, there can be no repentance to begin with.

So that's my first "Pastor Keith Says".
I would hope that I gave you something to remember and something to pass along.

As always, please feel free to leave your comments or suggestions below.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil ...

So let me see if I've got this straight?

Patriotism is bad but Islamism is good.
Christianity is bad but Homosexuality is good.
Jews are bad but Hamas and Hezbollah are good.
Immigration and Customs is bad but Human Trafficking is good.
President Trump is bad but the likes of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Cory Booker, Keith Ellison and Kamala Harris are good.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is bad but Louis Farrakhan is good.
Law abiding White People are bad but Black criminals are good.
Guns for protection are bad but legalizing recreational marijuana to get high is good.
Building a wall to protect the United States is bad but the Great Wall of China is good.
Upholding and Protecting the US Constitution is bad but a One World Government is good.
Wealthy people who worked hard for what they have are bad but people who refuse to work and want welfare are good.
Standing up for Liberty and Freedom is bad but deleting 30,000 emails is good.
Hiring Loyal and Trustworthy people is bad but reporting things in the media that aren't true is good.

Isaiah 5:20,24 - Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble, And the flame consumes the chaff, So their root will be as rottenness, And their blossom will ascend like dust; Because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

Back in the 1820's a man by the name of Albert Barnes wrote this about that passage:

The sin which is reprobated here is that of “perverting and confounding” things, especially the distinctions of morality and religion. They prefer erroneous and fake doctrines to the true; they prefer an evil to an upright course of conduct.

“Darkness” in the Scriptures, is the emblem of ignorance, error, false doctrine, crime. Light denotes truth, knowledge, piety.

“Bitter and bitterness” are often used to denote “sin;” see the note at Acts 8:23; also Romans 3:14; Ephesians 4:31; Hebrews 12:15; Jeremiah 2:19; Jeremiah 4:18. The meaning here does not differ from that expressed in the other parts of the verse, except that there is “implied” the additional idea that sin “is” bitter; and that virtue, or holiness, is sweet: that is, that the one is attended with painful consequences, and the other with pleasure.

Taken from Albert Barnes "Commentary on Isaiah 5:20".
"Barnes' Notes on the New Testament".

This is Biblical Prophesy being unfolded right before our eyes.
Sure, people have always looked to justify their filth, but what's happening today is ridiculous.

Did I leave something out???
Let me know in the comments!
If it's good I'll add it to the list! (or is it bad?)  :P

As always, please feel free to leave your comments, but keep them family friendly.
Also, please feel free to share anything you see here.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Bible Reads Like a Children's Book! - Or does it?

Sometimes I get happy questions, sometimes I get angry questions and sometimes I get challenging questions like this one I have for you today.  I call it "challenging", because it challenges me to explain something that I didn't think needed any explanation.

Question: Pastor Keith, I've been listening to your "Biblically Speaking" shows and all throughout them you keep saying over and over "If you take the Bible for what it says, it reads like a children's book!".  I don't know why you say this, because I need someone to interpret so much of it for me because it's very hard to understand.  Why do you say this when it isn't true?

Answer: Ah-ha!  (I love saying Ah-ha!)  Let me to try to explain.

Allow me to use an example direct from Jesus Himself!

Matthew 16:5-12 - Now when His disciples had come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. Then Jesus said to them, "Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees." And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "It is because we have taken no bread." But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, "O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread? Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up? Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up? How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? --- but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees." Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees. 

Far too often we don't think.  And more than that, we don't pay attention.  And more than that, we don't think (wait, I said that already, LOL).  Jesus could have whipped up an entire grocery store full of bread, yet somehow they forgot the MIRACLES that they witnessed WITH THEIR OWN EYES!  And even worse than that, how on earth did they misunderstand "BEWARE THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES" to mean that they had forgotten to bring bread???  Were the Pharisees bakers???

The reason that I insist that the Bible reads like a children's book, is because if you simply read the vast overwhelming majority of it, and take it for what it says, YOU WILL UNDERSTAND IT SIMPLY.  It WILL make perfect sense.  You will not require an "interpreter".  With that said, if you're not familiar with different types of speech, such as sarcasm, inference, analogy, simile and a host of other types of speech that I reference in THIS blog post, not only will you have a difficult time parsing what you read in the Bible, you'll have a hard time parsing any written word of real value.

With that said, there IS something I've discovered over the past few years that I should spend a moment here explaining to you all.

I happen to know the background of the person who sent me this question.  English is NOT their 1st language.  I've had people telling me for a while now, that the Bible is not easy to understand like I say it is, and every time I'm told this, it's usually by someone whose PRIMARY language isn't English.

So that brings up another issue.  Being in the United States, where the predominant language is still English, we native English speakers have one HUGE advantage!  The advantage isn't that we speak and read English, the advantage is that the BEST translations of the Bible are all in English!  And when I say "best", please believe me that I know there are 100's of translation errors, even in the BEST we have available.  If you're a native English speaker there are more than 150 English translations for you to peruse (of course most of them aren't worth reading).  If you are a native Spanish speaker (as just one example), you have maybe 2 primary translations to work with.  I only have a passing familiarity with non-English translations and I can tell you that from my own minimal experience, the non-English translations are not particularly amazing.  So when a non-English speaker is listening to me talk about the AMAZING SIMPLICITY that you can read the Bible with, they think I'm a little nuts.  Think about it, they listen to me, then they play back what I said in their minds in their own language, and then finally they go and try to look up the passages in their own Bible and they get totally confused when what I said doesn't even remotely resemble what they're reading!  So I empathize!

So as penance, from now on when I'm addressing an audience that i'm not 100% confident are completely native English speakers (such as doing a show), I will NOT be saying that anymore.  And if I do, I'll add the following to cover all of my bases: "If you read the Bible and take it for what it says - It reads like a children's book!  At least if you're reading it in your own native language."  Sure, it doesn't have a great ring to it, but since I'm aware of the potential for misunderstandings as basic as this one, I'll do whatever I can (reasonably) to avoid it.  :)

So what is the point of me expressing that the Bible reads like a children's book anyway?  Like in the example above where Jesus is chastising his disciples, the point is that the most obvious reading is more than likely the correct understanding.  Now with that said, if you're doing a particular study of something, such as Eschatology, you'll find that advanced subjects like this require a sincere effort in order to walk away with even a basic understanding of all the associated facts.  Which isn't to say that things like eschatology can't be explained simply, but that if you're going to be reading the passages related to it, and you want to make sure you're not confused or misled, you're going to need to have a better understanding of "biblical language".  Which of course is way beyond the scope or purpose of my blog and my general ministry work.

As always, please feel free to share with me your comments and suggestions!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Rabbi Loren Jacobs - You Do Not Stand Alone

Since I'm sure that the majority of my readers/followers won't know who Rabbi Loren Jacobs is (or why I'm writing about him), allow me to briefly explain.

Without going into excessive detail, recently, Rabbi Jacobs (who happens to be a Messianic Jew), was called upon to give a prayer in reference to the killings at the Tree of Life Jewish Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania.  Please listen to his prayers HERE.

He gave a very thoughtful, kind and well worded prayer.  He prayed for peace, unity and love and in return he was slandered.  He said nothing wrong, indeed did nothing wrong, yet because he mentioned Jesus, he was summarily attacked, dragged through the mud and even though this man had done them no wrong, the "powers that be" sought to discredit this man using everything at their disposal.  Most of which was twisted facts, laid out in just such a way as to convince those who don't know any better, that Rabbi Jacobs was some kind of a crazy person.  Woah, sure sounds  a lot like what happened to Jesus!

It's my understanding that most of you reading this already know what a Messianic Jew is, but for those who don't, allow me to give you a brief explanation.

If someone tells you that they're a Christian, you can generally assume that they actually care about the teachings of Jesus.  Some of the many names Jesus is known by include, Mashiach, Immanuel, Prince of Peace & Messiah.

If someone tells you that they're a Jew, you can generally assume that they follow the teachings of Torah, the Tanakh and that of the Talmud.

But if someone tells you that they're a Messianic Jew, that would automatically assume that they're a Jew that believes that Jesus is the Messiah.

Chances are you've never met a Messianic Jew before (there are very few in the world), but believe me when I tell you, they're just as much of a Christian as you or anyone else that you know.  The only difference, is a Messianic Jew is more than likely someone who was BORN a Jew and through whatever experience they had, came to understand that Jesus is in fact THE savior that Israel was promised a few thousand years ago.  As a matter of fact, the coolest part about a Messianic Jew, is they have a LOT in common with the Jews in Israel who followed Jesus during His ministry.  Just think, Matthew was among the very first of Messianic Jews!  Needless to say, Rabbi Jacobs & his congregation are in excellent company.

Now I don't want to go too deep, because I explain rather deeply in my yet to be released book But Is It Biblical?, but this situation reminded me of the "blindness" that has been put upon "Israel".

Romans 11:25-27 - For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: " The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins."

The real reason for me writing all of this today, is because I've decided to sit down for perhaps the 9th time, to completely re-read the entirety of the New Testament.  9 times may not seem that much, but combine it with the millions of pages of study and 1,000's of hours of reading individual passages (or whole chapters), it's a lot.  :)  As I was saying, I began reading the NT again last night and in Matthew I came upon a passage I've read 100's of times before.  A passage that I'm sure the majority of you have either read for yourself or have heard someone mention.

Matthew 1:23 - "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."

Why did this passage get my attention this time?  Well, one of the things that the Jews (not Messianic), do to try to discredit Jesus, is to say that they don't believe it's possible for there to be a virgin birth.  And to be honest, if you leave God out of the equation, then sure, even I would agree with them.  But see, God tells us that with Him, all things are possible.  Even things you can't imagine.  For your reference, please see Matthew 19:26, Mark 9:23, Mark 10:27, Mark 14:36, Luke 1:37, Luke 18:27, Jeremiah 32:27, Job 42:2, Jeremiah 32:17 & Zechariah 8:6.  Believe me, when God has something EXCRUCIATINGLY important to say, He repeats Himself - A LOT.

In any event, I came across Matthew 1:23 and for those of you who may not realize, the very first sentence of that verse appears in Quotes!  It appears in quotes because the previous verse (22) FRAMES what we are about to read in 23.

Matthew 1:22 - So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:

Matthew is telling us that one of the Old Testament Prophets (in this case Isiah), prophesied about this more than 1,000 years before Jesus was born!  Isiah was a major Prophet, someone that any learned Jew would recognize as someone EXCEEDINGLY important in Judaism and not to be doubted.  So that lead me to look at the actual words that Isiah used:

Isiah 7:14 - Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Well isn't that curious?  Aren't those the exact words that Matthew used?  Why on earth would the Jews reject the concept of a virgin birth?  Right, the blindness!  Just like a mother who refuses to see that their beloved child has a problem, just like the failing restaurant owner refuses to see that his failed practices are putting him out of business, so too are the Jews refusing to see what is so plain and clear for them to understand.  And the worst part, is there's nothing you or I can do to "make" Israel see.  And by "Israel", I mean the majority of Jews in the world, not just those in Israel.

And it's not like that small verse was all Isiah had to write about Jesus.  Isiah wrote more about this child of the virgin birth as well.

Isiah 9:6-7 - For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Isiah really hit this one out of the park.  Just think, Isiah said that this child would become known as "MIGHTY GOD" and "EVERLASTING FATHER".  A Christian didn't write that folks.  One of the most revered and respected Prophets this world has ever known wrote it.  Again, how can Israel say there is no such thing as a virgin birth?  How can Israel say that Jesus is not God?  The blindness.

AND IT'S OKAY.  God needs for it to be this way for right now.  Nowhere in Scripture are Christians called to go out and "convert" Jews.  At no time did God indicate to us that it was the job of the Christian to try to guilt or call out Jews in order to bring them over to our side.  God says He's got it all under control.  In other words, we can't HELP GOD to remove that blindness, only He can.

Romans Chapter 11 explains PERFECTLY what is going on with Israel and the blindness.  I looked to see if there was something I could copy/paste here to break it down into bite-sized morsels, but believe me, what's written in that chapter is far more than a snack, it's a meal!  And it's a meal that I believe every single Christian reading this eat until they are full!

Rabbi Loren Jacobs, if you happen to find and read this, I wish you and your followers God's Blessings, and please believe me when I tell you that you are in my prayers and I sincerely hope that this attack doesn't discourage you, but instead allow it to fan the flames of the Holy Spirit within!

Malachi 2:10 - Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously with one another By profaning the covenant of the fathers?

As always, if you have any comments or questions, please keep them family friendly.
And if you enjoy reading what I write, please share it with someone.  :)

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Husband of One Wife - Some Facts

Have you ever been reading through the Bible and come across something that made you giggle?

What a weird thing to read, "husband of one wife".  Well of course you'd be the husband of ONE wife!  What a preposterous thing.  Right?

Let's talk about that for a moment....

First the verses in question:

1 Timothy 3:2 - A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;

1 Timothy 3:12 - Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

Titus 1:6 - ...if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination.

If you've come across those verses in the Bible AND you have a good Pastor in your life, you were probably told something along the lines of:

"Well, Paul was talking to Titus and Timothy about things that were actually going on back in those times.  You see, back then, in certain parts of the world, it was acceptable, even normal to have multiple wives, all at the same time.  But don't worry about that stuff, it's not really important anymore."

Hold your horses...

That teaching started off great, but ended in disaster!

Today in 2018, not only are there people in places all over the world that STILL practice polygamy, but there are whole religions that both teach AND practice it as well!  If you're old enough, you probably think I'm going to point you to the Mormons!  But guess what?  While it's TRUE that there are SOME offshoots of the Mormon religion that DO practice this, the larger LDS does not.  While we're on the subject, the only reason that the LDS do not practice this, is because the United States government (and indeed all 50 states) have made it a crime to do so.

So what religion am I talking about?

Oh boy!
This one is going to get me into some hot water for sure!

Remember the "religion of peace"?  You know, those nice fellas that like to strap bombs to their chests and murder thousands of people in a great ball of fire?  You know, the ones that like to get behind the wheel of a box-truck and murder dozens of people and families while they're out innocently enjoying a beautiful evening together?  Yeah, that was some sarcasm.

Islam not only practices this in OTHER parts of the world, they are practicing it right now, RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE here in the United States!  For those of you who don't know, the practice of polygamy has been going on not just since Mohammed taught about it in the 600's, but way before that as well.  Pagan religions have been encouraging it for at LEAST a couple of thousand years.

You might be asking yourself, "How can they get married  to more than one woman in the United States?  Didn't you just say it was a crime?".  And you'd be right to ask that question!  But first, let me show you what Islam teaches.

From the Qur'an:

Sura 4 (An-Nisa), Ayah 3 - If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, Marry women of your choice, Two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (a captive) that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice.

A quick note:  If asked, most Muslims will tell you that since the Bible was incomplete (that's what they'll say), it was left to Muhammad to finish it and fill in all the blanks.  Seems to me that the verses above are a HUGE contradiction to what's already in the Bible.  Seems to me God made it pretty clear you should only have ONE WIFE at a time.  But I'm not here today to show you how and why the Qur'an isn't the Word of God.

So that verse in Sura 4 shows you where Muslims get "permission" to marry 2, 3 or even 4 wives all at the same time.  But now we get to the nitty-gritty.  There is apparently a HOLE in every single one of the laws in the United States regarding the illegal practice of polygamy.  It's so HUGE that anyone can walk right through it while juggling!

Federal law (by way of the Internal Revenue Service) demands that a marriage is between TWO consenting adults.  Therefore any time you fill out your tax returns, there are only TWO places for names.  Your name and your ONE spouses name.  Getting married by a justice of the peace?  Don't even think about it if you already have 1 wife.

But what if you don't care about the IRS?  What if you don't care about tax deductions?  What if you want to get whatever you want and you want to get around the laws?  As I understand it (and I personally know it's true), depending on what nationality the Muslim is, it's as simple as asking your wife for permission to take another woman.  I know for a fact that's the way it is in both Pakistan and Iran.  There are other Muslim countries that don't even ask as much.  If a man wants another wife, they can do so, as long as they are able to properly care for and support all of their wives.

This is apparently the dirty secret that we're not supposed to know about.  Fact is, there's no law against CHEATING on your wife (because that's what's REALLY happening).  It's wrong, it's hurtful, deceitful and you shouldn't do it, but it's not a crime.  Fact is, you could have 100 "wives" if you wanted to, just remember not to CLAIM them in whatever state you live in or on your tax return.

But let me reel this all in for you.  I'm not suggesting that anyone lose their minds and start taking multiple women as wives.  That's insane!  God made it crystal clear regarding what He expects and what He demands of us.  I just wanted to set you straight that there are some things that your average "American" isn't even AWARE OF, much less your average "Christian".  If your Pastor doesn't know something, then he can't teach you.  If you don't know, you'll also teach something that isn't correct or true.

This blog is all about correcting false teachings and making sure that you're equipped for as much as possible.  While I'm not recommending you go out and become an expert in the Qu'ran, nor am I suggesting you go out and start reading the books that other religions use either.  What I am suggesting, is that you're not afraid to pick up those books, in order to make sure that you better understand the what's, where's, why's and how's about all sorts of things that you may come across in life.

While I would wish that every Pastor knew everything that there is to know about everything, that just isn't possible.  Even I learn new things every single day!  Never be afraid to learn, no matter what your friends or family think.  It's that thirst for knowledge and the never ending desire to be as close to God as possible that should drive you.

To all of those who would deny what I have written here or claim that I'm wrong or ignorant, a simple Google search or even a simple visit to Wikipedia will give you enough information to prove to you that I'm not making this up.  Even better - Ask a Muslim and see if they'll tell you the truth.  While I would hope they'd be honest, don't be too surprised if they lie.  Apparently Islam teaches that it's fine to lie to non-Muslims.  LOL.  Who's the author of confusion again?  Right!  It's Satan!  :)

Exodus 20:16 - Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Keep it family friendly!  :)

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Jesus Only Movement - aka Jesuism / Jesusism / Jesuanism

Please forgive me.

Sometimes it takes me a while to figure out WHAT exactly is going on.
And by "what", I also mean WHY is it happening.  Allow me to explain....

For the past few years I've been hearing (OFTEN) "Jesus never said.....".  And what He "never said" is a long laundry list of things including:
  • "Jesus never said that gay marriage was wrong"
  • "Jesus never said that doing drugs was bad"
  • "Jesus never said anything about giving to the church" (this one is rare)
  • "Jesus never said anything about women pastors teaching men"
Every time I hear those types of things (believe me, there are many more), I always wonder to myself, "Why is that a problem?"  I would think to myself, "There's a lot of things that aren't mentioned in the bible, should we therefore avoid or ignore all of them?"  The answer is of course not.  Just because something isn't in the bible doesn't make it good or bad.  Doesn't make it right or wrong either.

But see, this is where I've been trapped for the past few years.  I didn't understand WHY these things were important to make sure we're aware of...  UNTIL NOW!  😄

There is a segment out there that has been around longer than any of us have been alive, that have tried to prove that if Jesus didn't say it, then it's not important.  Fact is, the progressive liberal socialists are using this very old movement to pursue some very nefarious ends.  So let's think about that reasonably for a moment.  If Jesus is God and He didn't say something, then sure, I guess it's not important, right?

It WOULD be right except for one teensy, weensy thing....

2 Timothy 3:16-17 - All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

See that?  It says ALL SCRIPTURE is given BY GOD - SO THAT THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE COMPLETE!  It doesn't say "only those verses that Jesus spoke with His own human mouth".

OOPS...  Wait a minute.  I just goofed!  Paul wrote that!  I can't quote Paul and have the "Jesus Only" group listen to me.  I'd have to quote Jesus Himself!  And by the way, if the IRONY of this next quote doesn't hit you immediately, please let me know!

Mark 12:24 - Jesus answered and said to them, "Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God?"

Exactly what Scriptures was Jesus talking about?  Was He talking about the book of Mark?  Impossible, it hadn't been written yet.  Was He talking about the rest of the New Testament?  Nope, none of the New Testament had been written yet.  Jesus was talking about SCRIPTURES, meaning every single thing contained in the bible.  What we have today, regardless of what the "scholars" would argue, are the 66 books of the bible that we reply upon, depend upon and indeed TRUST WITH OUR LIVES.

Anyone who would try to convince you that Jesus had to have said/done something in order for it to be true or important, is fooling you big time!  Who spoke the 10 commandments?  Was it Jesus?  Who created Jesus?  Was it Jesus?  See where I'm going here?  All of Scripture is what we call "God breathed".  Just as God BREATHED the universe into existence, we also know that God also breathed every single word contained in Scripture.  If you don't believe this extremely simple, basic & fundamental teaching, then you can rest assured, you're not a Christian.

Why would they try to deceive you with this false teaching?  SIMPLE!  They want you to doubt, question and lose trust in the thing that they hate most.  GOD!  They want to discredit and muddy THE BIBLE.  They want a way for their sick and disgusting ways of life to be acceptable in your eyes.  They want to try to make it impossible for you to believe anything you read, anything you hear and anything that you learn.  WHY?  That's been Satan's job since the garden!  Here's something else Jesus said:

John 10:10 - The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

If you read that entire passage, you will know with 100% certainty that the "thief" Jesus is talking about is IN FACT Lucifer.  He will do whatever is necessary in order to deceive you, manipulate you and fool you into thinking something other than what is true.  The sad part, since most "Christians" are very weak in their Bible knowledge, fooling them is extremely easy.  And believe me when I say that it doesn't matter how smart you are, what your IQ is, or what you do for a living.  If you don't know WHAT GOD HAS TO SAY ON A MATTER, then what you "think in your own mind" is probably not the same.

Isaiah 55:8 - "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD."

This is why I warn you each and every day that I am alive, to be VERY CAREFUL of where you get your information from.  Chances are you're getting a full dose of ear-tickling nonsense daily!

You know what to do! (just make sure it's kept family friendly)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Men & Women - Equality Conversation Ends Now

The liberals across the land (all lands, liberalism seems to know no borders), have hijacked Jesus and the Bible and they keep trying to make God say things that He never said, that He never meant & that He never intended for you to believe.  But false teachers continue to pop up everywhere, trying to make sure that they say things that make you happy, so you'll keep giving them your hard earned cash.  It reminds me of an organ grinder and his monkey.  The more tricks the monkey does, the happier you feel, the more you're entertained, the more you'll tip him.

So let's go over some things that we can easily find in the bible first:

Throughout scripture God is referred to as a HE - a FATHER, never a she.
The bible explains that the woman was deceived NOT the man.
The bible explains that women should NOT teach men regarding matters of the Spirit.
Throughout Paul's writings, he calls upon "Fathers" regarding teaching roles.

Now that we've mentioned a few short items regarding this, let's talk about the problem.

Liberals have decided that men and women are 100% interchangeable.
Interchangeable in what way?
They'll tell you in EVERY WAY!
And people are loving these teachings!

They teach that both men and women can be FATHERS.
They teach that the word father can and should be substituted for mother!
As a matter of fact, they teach that women make BETTER fathers than men.

As I say all throughout my yet to be released book But is it Biblical?, "you're free to believe whatever you want, But is it Biblical?".

Feminism has become the cancer that I always anticipated that it would become.

Now let's talk about what God has to say about it.

In the beginning God created man first (Adam), then He created woman (Eve) as a helper.  Is a helper the same as a manager?  Is a helper the same as an owner?  What is a helper?  A helper is one who helps.  What is a helper NOT?  A helper is not the leader.  A helper is not the manager.  A helper is not anything more than that - a helper.

So was that to be the woman's only role for the rest of time?

Aha!  That depends upon the context of the question!

Can a woman own a business?
Can a woman be a manager?
Can a woman be a boss?
Can a woman be a leader?


However, God isn't particularly concerned (in the Bible) about the daily comings and goings of men and women.  What He IS concerned about is whether or not a woman should be leading a man, managing a man and indeed PASTORING a man in MATTERS OF THE SPIRIT!

As a matter of fact, God is SO CONCERNED about this, that He gets downright HARSH and says in no uncertain terms:

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 - Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church.

Keep Silent
Not Permitted
Be Submissive

The only way liberals can make their false teachings work, is because they know that 99% of the people in churches DO NOT READ THEIR BIBLES.  People read snippets. devotionals or just listen to other people say things.  They never bother to do ANY homework to see if what they're being told is true.

But wait a minute Pastor Keith, you even say in your own book that God sees both men and women as equals! BUT IN WHAT CONTEXT DO I SAY IT?


God sees no male, no female, no white, no black, no asian, no mexican, no kiwi!
Salvation is available to anyone who accepts the atoning sacrifice of the blood of Jesus.

That is the only TRUE equality anyone should be trying to understand from scripture.

So quit tipping the monkey.
Church isn't supposed to be purely for entertainment value.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

2018 - Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA)

NOTICE:  While this is a family friendly website, there are occasions that it's necessary to delve into some adult-related themes from time to time.  This is one of those times.  If you're a child or someone with an inability to deal with important topics, either get permission from a parent or leave this Blog entry now.  This is your only warning.

Over the past few years, my Blog has started to include some articles that crossover into what some people call "Politics".  And I can appreciate that, as most of the people searching for and coming here are looking to answer very specific questions about God, the Bible & Christianity as a whole.

In all of my years teaching about God, discipleship & the Bible in general, I've come to discover something that's rather insidious in nature.  For the most part I've bitten my tongue (or in this case, tied my hands behind my back), because I've been trying to be as non-political as possible.  The problem, is that no matter how well I plan, no matter how thoughtful I am of the words I choose to use, there will always be a group of people out there who will go out of their way to find something to be offended at.  For the most part I don't care.  If you look carefully at some of the things that Jesus has said, you'll find that He has said way more insulting and way more offensive things than I have (and rightly so!).

But today I come to you to talk about a bill (2 actually) that were recently passed by BOTH the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate.  I'm going to comment on it for 2 reasons.  The first, is you've probably never heard about it.  The second, is that I am confident that the thing I'm most concerned about - the thing I'm going to tell you about today - will actually come to pass.

The bills that were passed are referred to as the "Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act" (SESTA) or "Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act" (FOSTA).  They're acts that were passed in order to hold website operators DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE to anyone who has been hurt as a result of being a victim of sex trafficking.  Briefly, the reason that these acts came before Congress, is because a lawsuit from someone trying to sue a website operator for allowing people to use the site in a way that caused them harm was put before the United States Supreme Court.  As I understand it, the case was rejected and handed over to Congress to deal with.  They did.

So what's the problem with this Act?  You would think I'd be thrilled!  And don't get me wrong, I am thrilled.  Sex trafficking is awful!  I can barely imagine what it must be like for a woman, or even worse than that, a young girl, to be sold into sex-slavery or be forcibly used by someone in order for them to make money.  So the act itself I am for, but the consequences of that act.... I believe it's just a matter of time before those consequences are made manifest.

Allow me to explain:

There were 2 widely known websites who weren't INVOLVED in the sex trafficking in a direct manner, meaning, the owners of the site weren't actively taking small girls, handcuffing them to steel pipes and forcing them to have sex with adult men.  The sites were being abused and used for purposes other than what they were designed for.

The 2 sites were and

Within DAYS of passing this act, backpage was shut down by the Federal Government for a whole host of non-compliance issues.  As a matter of fact, here is the image currently being displayed there at this time of this writing:

Craigslist on the other hand, being much larger and the recipient of far more web traffic, took a much more aggressive and hands on approach to the act.  Craigslist completely shut down the areas of their site that were being abused THE MOST.  I say "the most", because even now there are people using other parts of that site to keep themselves "in business".

Here is the message that Craigslist put online, in place of their "personals" section:

You would think that Congress and the public at large would be thrilled about the very direct and very finite results of this.  And you'd be right.

As I said in one of my opening statements, I believe there is in fact something insidious in nature that will come to pass as a result to this act COMBINED WITH the actions of shutting down Backpage and from Craigslist shutting down their personals section.

I am convinced in every way possible that this is going to result in:
  1. As the sick people who use these sites won't be able to easily access the people who provide such things, I believe that Rape is going to increase.  How much?  Who can say?  I believe it will be measurable, but I fear that law enforcement won't be able to put 2 and 2 together and realize it's because of the shut-downs.
  2. Continuing with the rape theme, I believe that young family members & neighbors with small children will also be at a much higher risk of abuse than ever.  Years ago you could trust women to watch your young girls, but now women are molesting young girls too!
  3. Again, continuing with the rape theme, I believe that the elderly or otherwise disabled people will increasingly become victims of rape, by people that were supposedly "trustworthy".  You have to understand, these sick lusts are uncontrollable for these people.
And I believe that it's also ALREADY begun.  No, the news hasn't picked up on it yet, no, it's not being reported anywhere, but I can't imagine that these sick and twisted people have allowed their lusts to go unabated for more than a month!

If you have small children, KEEP THEM CLOSE!
If you go out to social functions in bad neighborhoods, GO IN LARGE NUMBERS!
If you have an elderly, injured, disabled or comatose relative - KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN!

Believe me when I tell you that I realize this post seems odd or even confusing to some of you.  I'm just sharing what I feel has been put on my heart to share.  So please try to understand that I'm not trying to create a panic, I'm merely issuing what I believe to be a serious warning.  Do as you likewise feel lead to do.

Can anyone among you say it's a bad thing to keep a closer eye on your loved ones?

In closing, I'm not saying that Craigslist and Backpage should go back to what they were doing, NOT AT ALL.  What I AM SAYING, is that these sick perverts have had their "status quo" disrupted and are going to need to keep doing whatever it takes to satisfy their lusts.  The saddest part, is that the Progressives believe the only problem with these acts is a loss of freedom of speech!  Who are they kidding?  Eliminating both the 1st and 2nd amendments to the U.S. Constitution has become a full time job for them over the past 9 years or so.

The Bible teaches us that "with God, all things are possible", but these people aren't "with" God, they're getting their instructions from somewhere else.  Keep preaching the truth, keep reading your Bible, keep the faith & continue to evangelize until you have no more breath to give.  That's the best any of us can do.  And don't forget to look up when you pray!  Please come soon Lord!

I welcome any comments or additions!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Hey Pastor Keith - Where are you?


I got a message today from a young man who has been reading and listening to both this Blog and the Radio Show and he wanted to know why he hasn't seen anything from me yet this year.

Fact is, if God isn't leading me to write something here, I really, Really, REALLY try to keep my fingers in my pockets!  It's hard I tell you!

I've had a couple of really interesting ideas rattling around inside of my head lately, maybe I'll get the go-ahead on one of them soon!

In other news:
  • I'm still searching for an Apologist
  • I'm still wanting to start up the NEXT season of the show
  • I'm still desiring to release the book
  • I'm still desiring to find a church that needs me
  • I'm still keeping it real, as it's all I know!
Hopefully that should fill in all of the blanks until my next post!

Until then, please keep reading your Bible, please keep the questions coming and PLEASE keep active in your prayer life.  Failing to keep God at the forefront of your mind, only pushes Him into the back of it.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Bible Nuggets 4 - Works without Faith

Today's question is so preposterous that my head almost popped off!  Let's see if you can see what's wrong with this question before you read my response...

Question:  Pastor Keith, I believe that works are SO ESSENTIAL to our walk with Christ that I can't think about anything else.  All I want to do is feed the hungry, give a cool drink of water to anyone who is thirsty, clothe the poor, visit those in prison, tend to widows, fight for social justice, and pretty much just get involved and do anything I can to help those who are so marginalized that I need to do something or I tend to lose sleep over it!  What more can I do?

Answer: Whew.....

I want to ask anyone reading this a question....
Do you see the problem with this question yet?

"I believe"
"I can't"
"I want"
"I can"
"I need"
"I tend"
"I do"

Like so many other "christians" I meet from day to day, the person asking this question has a case of what I like to call "the me-me's".  The me-me's is a disease that many false, lost or confused christians suffer from that is so debilitating, that indeed, as you can see from their question, that this person is "losing sleep"!

So what's wrong with their question?  If you really don't know yet, I'm going to tell you now, but please keep something in mind.  When Jesus discusses this EXACT problem in Scripture, you can FEEL His consternation.  The people He was speaking to just couldn't wrap their minds around something that was so simple.  I'll give you the Scripture and then I'll explain it.

John 5:39-47 - You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. I do not receive honor from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you --- Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?

Jesus says, "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me".  What that means, is you read the Bible, looking for WHAT YOU CAN DO, but Jesus is saying "STOP: YOU'RE MISSING THE POINT!  THAT IS NOT WHAT THE BIBLE IS FOR!  THE BIBLE IS THE LIVING WORD THAT TESTIFIES THAT I AM GOD!"

Jesus goes on to say, "But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life."  What a profound statement!  Jesus is saying, "YOU ARE SO BUSY WORRYING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT YOU ARE GOING TO MISS OUT ON HEAVEN!"

Jesus continues, "I do not receive honor from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?"  What Jesus is saying here is, "YOU CAN'T GIVE ME HONOR, HONOR COMES FROM GOD.  I KNOW YOU INSIDE AND OUT, YOU DO NOT HAVE THE LOVE OF GOD IN YOU.  I CAME IN MY FATHERS NAME AND INSTEAD OF READING MY WORDS AND REALIZING WHAT THEY ARE FOR, YOU INTERNALIZE THEM, MAKE THEM ABOUT YOURSELF AND WOULD SOONER GIVE HONOR AMONGST YOURSELVES IN WHAT THINGS YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH WITHOUT ME."

Jesus ends with a very specific slap in the face to the Jews who are listening to them by saying, "Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you --- Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?"  What Jesus is saying here is, "DON'T WORRY, I'M NOT GOING TO GET YOU INTO TROUBLE IN HEAVEN.  YOU FOREVER SAY HOW MUCH YOU TRUST WHAT MOSES HAD TO SAY, BUT MOSES LOVED ME, KNEW ME & WROTE ABOUT ME.  IF YOU WON'T BELIEVE HIS WORDS, HOW WILL YOU EVER BELIEVE MINE?

I'm writing in caps, because let's face it, Jesus was NOT being polite, He wasn't being diplomatic and He wasn't trying to be politically correct.  Jesus was knee deep in the muck, trying His level best to get His point across to people who just didn't get it.  They CLAIMED TO get it, but they didn't.

Another piece of Scripture we can turn to, in order to see that works are NOT the single most important part of your existence on Earth can be found in Paul's writings...

Ephesians 2:8-9 - For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

God is letting us know in NO UNCERTAIN TERMS that we are saved BECAUSE OF OUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST!  That we play NO PART in our salvation, IT IS A GIFT OF GOD!

Wait a minute Pastor Keith.... Are you saying I shouldn't be feeding the hungry, giving a cool drink of water to anyone who is thirsty, clothing the poor, visit those who are in prison, tend to the widows, fight for social justice, and pretty much just get involved and do anything I can to help those who are so marginalized?  NO.  That is NOT what I'm saying.

Listen, except for the whole social justice thing (which is NOT Biblical), all of those things are fine to do..... AS LONG AS YOU ARE BEING LEAD BY THE HOLY SPIRIT TO DO THEM.  Believe me when I tell you that THE BIBLE IS NOT A BOOK FOR YOU TO USE AS A CHECKLIST OF HOW TO BE IN GODS GOOD GRACES.  Again, Jesus said, "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me."  Some people say that the Bible is confusing, but I will tell you that that small sentence is so clear and so easy to understand, that you can not misunderstand it once you read it.  99% of the things that you believe are CALLS TO GO OUT AND DO SOMETHING, are in fact FIGURES OF SPEECH, just things that God used to try to get points across to us.  The Bible is full of ANALOGIES, SIMILES, METAPHORS, METONOMYS, SYNECDOCHES, PERSONIFICATIONS, IRONIES, ANTHROPOMORPHISMS, APOSTROPHES, HYPERBOLES, EUPHEMISMS, LITOTES, PLEONASMS, REPETITIONS, CLIMAXES, ELLIPSISES, ZEUGMAS, APOSIOPESIS, PARABLES, ALLEGORIES, RIDDLES, FABLES, SYMBOLS, TYPES, NARRATIVES, PARALLELISM, POETRY, ORATORY - And many more types of figures of speech!  No, I don't expect you to go out and become a PhD in English Literature in order to learn all of the different types of figures of speech, but please try to understand that sometimes things are more than they seem.  Just like you thinking that Jesus is calling all of Christianity to feed the hungry, when what He's really doing, is trying to teach you something more about HIM.

Matthew 4:4 - But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.' "

Instead of being so concerned about "what you can do", you should be more concerned about developing intimacy with God, Discipleship or even your prayer life.  Believe me when I tell you that a broken or non-existent prayer life or a lack of intimacy is a much, much bigger problem than clothing the poor.

James the brother of Jesus wrote:

James 2:26 - For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

It's much easier for many to call out that verse than to ALSO understand that their works without GOD is also dead.


Please let me know in the comments section below!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Presbyterians - Leave NOW before it's too late!

Some people have erected walls so high, that they might even attempt to keep God Himself out.  Sometimes simply trying to speak with people, who without doing any research, any study or any reading of the Bible themselves, they decide upon some things that they won't be moved on.

50% of my ministry work is dedicated to correcting false teachings and the other 50% is to help people to better understand WHO God is and HOW to develop intimacy with Him.  As such, I am constantly teaching people WHY religion is no way to get closer to God.

Let's take a brief look at WHY:
  • Catholicism - When the people don't agree with the Bible, they turn to the Pope to change their understanding of it, Jesus tells us to call no one "father" except for our Father in Heaven, yet Catholics call their own priests "father", they worship statues, yet the 10 commandments contain pretty clear warnings AGAINST doing so, they partake of bread and wine during a communion service, which would be fine, except they believe that the bread LITERALLY turns into the FLESH of Jesus and that the wine LITERALLY becomes the BLOOD of Jesus.  If all these are not enough, there are 1,000's of articles written about this subject on the internet.

  • Pentecostalism - The Pentecostal church (and all of its derivatives) have created one of the best business models in "religion" and have come up with the perfect "system" in order to "prove" WHO is actually saved or not.  If chicken feathers up a Pastors sleeves or glitter on their skin isn't enough to make you cringe, how about fleecing the flock for all its worth, in order to get as much money out of your pockets as possible?  The "abundant life theology" is one of their inventions and is PURE NONSENSE (John 10 & John 3 completely debunk this false teaching).  If that's not enough, how about speaking in "FALSE TONGUES", which they call a "dialect of angels" in order to prove that you've been "baptized by the Holy Spirit" (1 Corinthians 14 completely debunks these false tongues).  These folks really get my blood boiling!

  • Mormonism (LDS) - First of all, this isn't even a "Christian" religion.  Sure, Jesus is somehow, in a secondary role, involved in their teachings, but seriously, any time spent researching this cult will immediately turn up things such as "Jesus and Satan are really spirit brothers and God is really an Alien from another planet!".  If that isn't enough to make you squint your eyes and cringe, then spend a few minutes searching online and you'll find 100's of things about the Mormons (LDS) to help you understand why this religion is dangerous.

  • Episcopalian - There used to be a time in this country, where the Episcopal church was right up there with the Catcholics, Baptists, Methodists & Lutherans.  These days, the Episcopals have lost their minds and done some VERY peculiar and UNCHRISTIAN things.  With church membership falling and monthly gift giving drying up, the Episcopals had little choice but to reach out to the single most marginalized "people" in the country.  Almost overnight they became the "Gay church".  This of course forced out 80% of their existing members.  Not only did they encourage and teach why God was OK with Homosexuality, but they began to recruit gay priests.  And then to add insult to injury, they started to recruit and select lesbian bishops!  I seem to remember something in scripture about women not teaching men, but oh well, what can I do?
Of course, I could go on and on and on and on and on and on, but with 38,000 christian-based denominations in the world (each one, its own religion), I'd get tired and run out of skin on my fingertips way before I made it half-way through.

Today, I would like to alert you all to the next in the great line, in the succession and march towards THE GREAT APOSTASY.  For those of you who don't know what this is, this is one of the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT MUST HAPPEN, in order that Christ returns!

2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 - Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?

Poor Paul...  I know too well how he must have felt when he writes that last sentence.  We love the Lord so much and want to share all that we know with whomever will listen.  Sometimes we share so much that our listeners can't grasp it all!

In any event, The Catholics, Pentecostals, Episcopals, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists, Shakers, Quakers, Jehovas Witnesses & all the rest can now welcome the Presbyterian church into their ranks.

According to the Christian Post, "Leader of the second largest congregation in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner has declared that Christianity is not the only way to heaven.  Kershner, 45, who leads the 5,500-member Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois, expressed her belief in a podcast with the Chicago Sun-Times after she was asked the question "Is Christianity the only way to heaven?"  "No," Kershner replied bluntly."  And to add insult to injury, Kershner goes on to say, "...I'm not about to say what God can and cannot do in other ways and with other spiritual experiences," she explained."

Ok, so she won't commit.  She's not willing to say "what God can and cannot do in other ways and with other spiritual experiences", BUT JESUS DID!  LET'S SEE WHAT HE HAS TO SAY...

John 14:1-6  - "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know." Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me".


Got it Shannon?

How can the leader of the "second largest congregation" be so bankrupt as to not have a CLUE, as to something that is absolutely FOUNDATIONAL to CHRISTIANITY????  If you take that away, what's left?  CONFUSION!  Hey, wait a minute... Who's the author of confusion?

1 Corinthians 14:33 - For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

Satan is not only the source of all conflicts and rebellions, but he is indeed the author of confusion.

If you or someone you love is a Presbyterian, please let them know about this website.  We're here to help anyone overcome ALL OF IT.  We're ready to help anyone who sincerely wants it.  Remember, God says that it's His wish that NONE should perish!  I will spend my dying breath trying to help anyone who will listen.

Romans 12:21 - Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

God tells us to LOOK UP when these things happen!
You keep looking up, I'll keep you on the straight and narrow!

Remember... Keep it clean!  ;)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Tithing - The Lies Stop Here!

You may think that the title of this particular teaching is too much, but what's really gone overboard are the Pastors out there who teach such nonsense about tithing (giving to God)!

Today's question comes from a woman who has found herself  GROWING in the Lord! (and quite by surprise)

Question: Pastor Keith, my whole life I've heard about tithing and why it's so important, but recently some things have occurred to me that never did before.  I know that I'm supposed to give 10%, but 10% of WHAT?  Is it 10% of my net income?  Is it 10% of my gross income?  Is it just 10% of my main income or am I supposed to include 10% of my bank account and 10% of my secondary income and 10% of my gifts too???  I find myself feeling guilty all the time, because lately when I listen to the Pastor of my church, it feels like I'm expected to be giving away everything!  Can you help?

Answer: Sister.... YES I CAN!  :)

In the Old Testament, we learn about tithing (giving to God) in the very first book of Genesis.  As you reach chapter 4, you discover the very first offerings made to God.  Cain and Abel (Adam and Eve's first 2 sons), we're told that Abel gave of his flock of sheep and Cain gave of his crops.  And as most of us learned in Sunday School, God accepted Abel's offering, rejected Cain's offering and the next thing you know, Cain kills Abel and tries to cover it up.  While it's a little off subject, I'm often asked WHY Cain killed Abel.  As Jesus says, John 5:39 - You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.  Since Genesis, we learn (in many ways) that Jesus has been here since the very foundation of the universe.  As such, it's important to note that God never contradicts Himself, never corrects Himself & doesn't need to switch things up, just so they continue to make sense.  What that story in Genesis 4 teaches us, is that since the beginning, A SACRIFICE OF BLOOD HAS ALWAYS BEEN REQUIRED BY GOD, in order for God to forgive us of our sin.  Simply offering fruits or vegetables won't cut it.

As for the biblical principles of giving to God, as you read through scripture, you'll come across the book of Leviticus.  That entire book is devoted to explaining Levitical Law, which is basically a code of legal and moral practices - FOR THE JEWS.  In it, we can read about the expectations that were put on the Jewish people, as far as tithing is concerned.  (pay VERY close attention to the last sentence!)

Leviticus 27:32-34 - And concerning the tithe of the herd or the flock, of whatever passes under the rod, the tenth one shall be holy to the LORD. He shall not inquire whether it is good or bad, nor shall he exchange it; and if he exchanges it at all, then both it and the one exchanged for it shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.' " These are the commandments which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel on Mount Sinai.

As I always like to remind everyone, the 3 C's of reading the Bible are ESSENTIAL if you ever want to fully understand what you're reading.  What are the 3 C's?  Context, context, context!  You take the verse you're reading and put it into context with the chapter you're reading.  Then you take the chapter you're reading and put it into context with the book that you're reading.  And finally, you take the book you're reading and put it into context with the entirety of the Bible - Then and ONLY THEN can you have confidence that you've read and understood things correctly.

As you read the above passage, verse 34 makes it crystal clear that this was what the Lord commanded for Moses and the children of Israel to do - NOT THE CHRISTIANS.  But of course, that hasn't stopped wayward Pastors, Ministers, Priests & Reverends from using that scripture out of context for CENTURIES!  Simply reading those 3 verses without interpreting or twisting them around gives us 100% certainty that we've understood it AS GOD INTENDED US TO.

So where's the answer to the original question???

Paul has a way with words, so much so, that I couldn't explain this any better:

2 Corinthians 9:7 - So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

Do you see what is going on here?  Paul is telling us to give whatever amount that you can CHEERFULLY give.  How much is that?  I can't say.  Paul tells us to "give as you purpose in your heart", meaning, if you're unhappy, feel obligated, forced or expected to give something, then you shouldn't give it.  In all that you give, you should remember that WHATEVER you give, should be SEEN AS and indeed TREATED AS giving to God Himself.  Remember, if God is our provider and if all that we have is received FROM HIM to begin with, then we are really just giving God back something that he shared with us to begin with!

For those of you who need a more specific answer to help you decide how much you should give, allow me to offer you this advice.  Instead of figuring out percentages and hard figures, sit down and look at how much you actually get to keep every month (from all sources) and how much you spend every month (including rent, phone, electric, water, etc) and see how much you have left over.  Take some of that and put it aside for a rainy day and give the rest as you see fit.  Which by the way, fits nicely into the passage above from Leviticus.  God never, ever implied that you should give all that you have, all the time, without ceasing.  God never intended for you to go hungry, just so that your Pastor could go out and buy a mansion and a new Mercedes and new suits, watches and other nonsense.  All the way back in Leviticus, God told the Jews that they should give the LAST TENTH, not the first 10th.  God has always wanted to make sure that HIS are taken care of!

Matthew 6:26 - Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Of course that naturally leads us to one last facet of this issue.  People want to know WHO they should give this money to.  Should it go to their church ONLY?  Should it go MANY different places?  The only advice I can give you here, is you should only give WHAT GOD PUTS ON YOUR HEART TO GIVE.  You should divide it as you feel LEAD TO GIVE IT.  There are countless homeless shelters, battered women's shelters, prison ministries & a multitude of other Christian charities that would be truly grateful to receive what you would give to God.  But please, whatever you do, never let ANYONE manipulate you or otherwise convince you to give that offering ANYWHERE that you don't feel lead (by the Holy Spirit) to give it.

So that's it, that's my basic teaching on tithing / giving to God.  If you spend the time and read your bible like you should, you will uncover much, Much, MUCH more about this subject.

If you have any questions or comments about this, please feel free to leave your comments below!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Mohammed - Prophet or Pervert?

To those of you who have been following me, you know that it's my "mission" to correct false, untrue, made-up, make-believe and otherwise insane or ridiculous teachings that have infected Christianity.

False teachings which include, but are not limited to:
  • Strictly following the 10 Commandments makes God happy
  • Speaking in false-tongues shows that you are truly saved
  • The more you give to your church, the more you'll be rewarded with cool stuff
  • There is no Hell (lol, sinners could only wish!)
  • The KJV is the only perfect Bible (lol, it's full of translation errors)
  • Pastors are always supposed to be happy and make you smile (because they're robots)
  • If you dream it, you can achieve it (dear Lord, that's Amway!)
  • The Bible says something different to each one of us (whew)
  • Homosexual "love" is love perfected by God (???)
  • God says we all go to Heaven (yeah, I know...)
  • Jesus and Satan are brothers and God is from another planet (seriously Mormons?)
But sometimes people send me things and it makes me want to shine a light on some of the insanity that Religion brings to people.  Now be warned, some people out there will consider telling you the truth in such an obvious way, without coloring it or making it seem different than it is, would be considered blatant hate-speech.  This is nothing of the sort!  If truth is hateful, then what is lying?  Love?  Anyway, in today's example, not just a few people believe this insanity, but more than 1.6 Billion people!

Every Muslim man has the dream, that their sons should be as "holy" and "pious" and "perfect" as Mohammed, but at the center of the "religion of peace", you will find a whole host of insane concepts that all true Muslims have been taught to respect and indeed attempt to carry out in their own lives.

Anyway, according to the books that Muslims use to learn from and enhance and increase their faith, we come to learn that Mohammed took a "wife" of a young girl named Aisha.  The general public will tell you that Aisha was a ripe and mature 9 YEARS OLD when Mohammed married her, but if you do just a tiny amount of reading, you'll find out that she was really only 6 YEARS OLD! (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Number 234 and 236) Apparently, it's a Muslim tradition that a girl can not get "officially married" unless and until she has had her first period.  Because as everyone knows, the love of a 53 year old man and a 6 YEAR OLD GIRL would be beautiful in the eyes of God, RIGHT?  No... Not right.  In our society we call it RAPE, as a 6 year old (or even a 9 year old) is not capable of CONSENTING to anything.

If you'd like to fool yourself into thinking that this no longer happens in predominantly Muslim countries, you're really only fooling yourself.  When radical Islamist groups that promote terror tell us that they hate Western values, is it any wonder, especially when they would have to stop their unconscionable acts towards each other?

Remember one thing about what I've just shared with you, this example of insanity isn't something that "crept into" Islam, it's part and parcel a foundational piece of it!

So when you hear the liberals and new agers begging everyone to "agree to disagree" or to "just get along" or "why can't we just respect one another?", how can you agree with, get along with or even RESPECT someone who thinks it's okay to RAPE 9 year old girls?  There is NO WAY to make this behavior or thinking into something that is POLITICALLY CORRECT.  If Mohammed was around today, if he wasn't already dead, he'd be on death row awaiting either the electric chair or a lethal injection.  How anyone (much less 1.6 Billion Muslims) could love and revere this rapist, is one of the best representations that I can think of, about how RELIGION is nobody's friend.

To anyone who thinks that Satan isn't real or that he never walks among us, take a good hard look at Mohammed.  As a matter of fact, Satan was so proud of his "great works" that he wrote a book all about it!  It doesn't sell as many copies as the Bible does, but Satan does alright.  The name of the book?  "The Qur'an" of course.

1 Peter 5:8 - Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

Job 1:7 - And the LORD said to Satan, "From where do you come?" So Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it."

You know what to do! (just keep them clean, this is a family oriented Blog)