(Via CBN TV)
I hate to be the person to point this out. But, when I must, I must.
It seems that Rod Dreher shows a bit of compassion and shame when it comes to Mormons who disguise themselves to make some sort of statement about social justice:
The bishop went to the pulpit, pulled off his disguise, and shocked the congregation. More:
Ward member Jaimi Larsen was among those surprised it was her bishop. “I started feeling ashamed because I didn’t say hello to this man … He was dirty. He was crippled. He was old. He was mumbling to himself,” she said.
I am absolutely certain I would have done just as Jaimi Larsen did. This shames me.
However, when it comes to Christians who Dreher happens to disagree with, when it comes to Doctrine; Dreher has no such shame at all:
What a life Paul Crouch had. That’s the most neutral thing I can muster. If you sell people hope and meaning, you can make millions.
As I wrote about my piece on Paul Crouch; I do not make a habit of mocking or criticizing other ministries. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule; like in the case of Charles Stanley, which is more to do with his rejection of Biblical doctrine, rather than his Ministry style.
I am calling Dreher on this one; because this is nothing more than a religious partisan attack on someone who has most likely done more to further the body of Christ, than Rod Dreher as even done. Seeing he is a supposed former papist — who has turned to the idiocy of the orthodox, one should not be too shocked about this sort of tripe from him.
A legend, Innovator, Pastor, Father, Husband and Man of God has passed into the arms of the Lord Jesus Christ.
CBNNews.com has the report:
Paul Crouch, co-founder of the popular Trinity Broadcasting Network, has passed away at age 79.
Crouch’s grandson, Brandon, tweeted earlier Saturday, “Today, my grandfather, #PaulCrouchSr went home to be with Jesus in heaven. Thank you for your prayers…”
TBN’s Facebook page announced, “Dr Paul F. Crouch passed into the presence of the Lord on November 30, 2013. We are grateful for the life of this amazing servant of God.”
Another note on the page said Crouch passed away at 2:32 a.m. Crouch had suffered for more than a decade with chronic heart problems.
The televangelist was hospitalized for congestive heart failure two years ago and received a pacemaker last year. He went back into the hospital last month and for awhile needed a ventilator to help him breathe. But he had returned home early in November amid reports he was doing better.
The tributes roll in:
TBN’s Facebook page has been filling with words of condolence and memories throughout the day.
Preacher Arthur Blessitt, most well-known for carrying a large cross through many nations of the world, wrote, “I have been close friends with Paul and Jan since 1976. He was a true man of God and through TBN led millions to Jesus.”
“Let’s all pray for his wife Jan and all the family. His focus was always +jesus. Tears pour from my eyes,” he continued. “I’ll miss my friend but there is joy in heaven where millions of people are thanking him for sharing Jesus with them.”
Several Christian leaders also offered their condolences and tributes to Crouch upon learning of the news.
“Paul Crouch changed the course of Christian history by building a Christian network that spreads that Gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations of the world everyday,” John Hagee, founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, said. “Our deepest sympathies for his loved ones today.”
“Thanking God today for the life of Paul Crouch – a dear friend and mentor and a giant of the faith whose TBN Trinity Broadcasting Network helped bring untold millions around the world to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ…You will be missed but certainly never forgotten,” Rod Parsley, evangelist and pastor of World Harvest Church, wrote.
Now, I will simply say this: Obviously, I do disagree with the doctrines that are taught by programming on TBN and you can learn more about that here.
However, what will not do is this; I will not sit here and denigrate someone who is now passed on. The truth is the man was obedient to the Lord. The man felt that God had called him to the Ministry and then, he felt the Lord calling him into the field of Christian television and from there things grew. I am, as a Christian; simply not going to sit here and criticize the man for that decision at all. Why? Because I happen to know about the will of God. There are two of those sort of wills of God.
I will let C.I. Scofield take it from here, here is C.I. Scofield commenting on Genesis 46:3; which by the way is a really awesome story! -:
It is important to distinguish between the directive and the permissive will of God. In the first sense the place for the covenant family was Canaan (Gen_26:1-5); (Gen_46:3) is a touching instance of the permissive will of God. Jacob’s family, broken, and in part already in Egypt, the tenderness of Jehovah would not forbid the aged patriarch to follow. God will take up His people and, so far as possible, bless them, even when they are out of His best. In Israel’s choice of a king (1Sa_8:7-9) in the turning back from Kadesh (Deu_1:19-22) in the sending of the spies; in the case of Balaam — illustrations of this principle are seen. It is needless to say that God’s permissive will never extends to things morally wrong. The highest blessing is ever found in obedience to His directive will.
I happen to know that Paul Crouch operated, as many Christian evangelists did in years past and still do — in that Directive will of God.
By the way, I do NOT believe that Fundamental Baptists hold the market on the doing the will of God; many of them do believe that they hold that market, and they are stupid. While, I might not agree with the doctrines totally. I still celebrate the fact that anyone in America, can turn on the television set and be going through the channels and hear the gospel of Jesus Christ being preached 24/7 365 days a year on one channel. Now, keep in mind there are others doing it now too. But, Paul and Jan Crouch were the first ones.
Now as for the critics of TBN, and of Paul and Jan Crouch; I ask you this one simple question: What are you doing to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ? What sort of outreach ministry do you have? In other words:
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. —-
(Matthew 7:1-5 KJV)
As for those who are bad mouthing Paul Crouch and his ministry, the Bible says this about them:
Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. (Matthew 6:2 KJV)
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. — (Matthew 6:5 KJV)
Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. – (Matthew 6:16 KJV)
Those who trash Paul and Jan Crouch; and their ministry. They have their reward. Those who are Mormon and supposedly Christian and they use their so-called “libertarian conservative” site to trash real Christians — they have their reward.
My prayers are with the Crouch Family and everyone at the TBN Ministry.
Remember that Bible labeling incident that happened at Costco? Well, they have had a come to Jesus moment on that.
“We deeply regret the mislabeling of the Bible and meant no offense to anyone,” the company wrote in an email received by several customers. “The buyer has let us know that this was an error and the books are being pulled off the shelves to be re-marked.”
Cue the angelic choirs.
We received a statement from Costco, too, it reads: ” Costco’s distributor mislabeled a small percentage of the Bibles, however we take responsibility and should have caught the mistake. We are correcting this with them for future distribution. In addition, we are immediately relabeling all mislabeled Bibles. We greatly apologize for this error.”
We got caught and we’re very sorry for that.
This really does not shock me, seeing the world’s attitude toward Christianity anymore.
What do the Bible, “The Hunger Games” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” have in common? All three are works of fiction, according to the booksellers at Costco.
Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach made that shocking discovery last Friday as he was shopping for a present for his wife at a Costco in Simi Valley, Calif.
“All the Bibles were labeled as fiction,” the pastor told me. “It seemed bizarre to me.”
Kaltenbach is the lead pastor at Discovery Church, a non-denominational Christian congregation in southern California.
He thought there must be some sort of mistake so he scoured the shelf for other Bibles. Every copy was plastered with a sticker that read, “$14.99 Fiction.”
When confronted by this, what does Costco do?
On Newswatch, Nov. 14:
- Mass burials begin as Philippines aid trickles in
- Obama on cancellations: You can keep your plan for no
- Yellen faces Senate hearing for Fed confirmation
- ….and more.
For basically telling the God-deniers to get lost; and thereby standing for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
A Kansas City-based atheist group that wanted to volunteer for a community Thanksgiving outreach event was turned away by the hosting Christian organization that they have worked with for the past two years because they are “unfit” to help spread the Gospel message, according to an event organizer.
The Kansas City Rescue Mission (KCRM) informed the Kansas City Atheist Coalition (KCAC) that this year they will be adding religious literature to the Thanksgiving meals that they will deliver and they felt that KCAC would not be comfortable “delivering such a message and couldn’t sincerely answer questions about faith in Christ if asked to.”
“The overall feeling is disappointment. Not only do we enjoy, as a group, the chance to give back, but we also looked forward to turning this into something of an annual tradition,” said an unidentified spokesperson from KCAC to The Christian Post via email. “We also enjoyed our work with KCRM as an opportunity to show how atheists and religious people can come together, despite their disagreements over religion, and work together to help people.”
If only more ministries and Christians would take this sort of a stand against those hostile to the Gospel; maybe just maybe this Nation would be a bit better of shape.
On CBN News Today, Nov. 12:
- ‘Truckloads of bodies’: Filipinos plead for help
- Top human rights abusers tapped for UN Council
- ….and more.
(Via CBN TV)
Please Note: This posting is to replace the one that I published and pulled because I realized that what I wanted to do, was not going to work. (d’oh! )
This is just a short posting of thanks and gratitude to HotAir.com for being nice enough to acknowledge the ministry of Billy Graham. A while back HotAir.com got knocked by some Christian bloggers and writers for their movement away from Social Conservatism — which basically is what the Republican Party is doing and what the conservative movement/tea party is doing.
Anyhow, I have been known to criticize HotAir.com, when I felt it was warranted; but I also praise them, when I see that it is warranted as well.
Which brings me to my real point of this blog posting: Billy Graham is a figure from a bygone era in America; which was before the cultural Marxists had actually gotten a foothold in America. It was before the days, when a Christian Pastor would have to worry about offending someone for preaching the truth of the Word of God. It was before the creation of the Jewish-owned, controlled and financed Anti-Defamation League. It was before the creation of the unindicted terrorist organization CAIR. It was before the era of the nasty atheists, like Madelyn Murray O’Hair who got exactly what was coming to her.
Admittedly, as a Fundamental Baptist Christian; I have some personal issues with Rev. Graham’s ministry; and you can read about that here. However, there is one thing that I will not criticize at all; and that was the man’s decision to follow Christ and preach his word to the people who did truly need it. Which is more than I can say for some of his critics, who made a cottage industry out of cutting down Rev. Graham’s ministry from the comfort of their dead, ineffectual Churches.
Again, this is just a small thank you, from someone; who is a part of the segment of society which is derided, ignored and often mocked —- The WASP’s of America.