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Barack Obama is wasting little time to assume control of the United States Executive Branch. From weekly messages from his semi-oval office, to appearances on “ 60 Minutes”, he is rapidly inserting himself into what is left of the political decisions of the Bush Administration. Change.gov: The Office of the President-elect

In summarizing Obama’s appearance on “60 Minutes” last night, the LA Times said:

teamofrivals1“Asked by CBS’ Steve Kroft whether he planned to put political enemies in his Cabinet, as Abraham Lincoln did, Obama responded by saying the first president from Illinois was a “very wise man.” With the economy struggling, the president-elect said the nation had little choice but to boost government spending, something he said conservative and liberal economists agreed on. “We have to do whatever it takes to get this economy moving again,” he said. “We’re going to have to spend money now to stimulate the economy.” Besides Lincoln, Obama said he had been reading about the Great Depression and President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first 100 days in office. He said he hoped his team could emulate that administration’s confidence and willingness to experiment.“

The London Times Online had this take on the interview: “Mr Obama said he had spent “a lot of time” reading the writings of President Lincoln since the election, because “there is a wisdom there and a humility about his approach to government, even before he was president, that I just find very helpful.” He and Mrs Clinton have both read and admired ‘Team of Rivals’, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book about how President Lincoln bought old foes into government after winning the 1860 election. Reminded that the 16th president put many of his political enemies in his cabinet, Mr Obama was asked on CBS’s 60 Minutes whether he was considering the same approach. “Well, I’ll tell you what,” he replied. “I find him a very wise man.”

Baruch writing the words of Jeremiah

Baruch writing the words of Jeremiah

It would be interesting if Barack included an enemy or two on his cabinet, as President Lincoln did. However, most leaders do not like the idea of opposition. In another troublesome time many years ago, in the nation of Israel, the King of Judah listened as the writings of a man named Baruch were read. You can read what happened in Jeremiah chapter 36. The King’s advisors had heard Baruch reading from a scroll and were frightened by what they heard.

“When they heard all the messages, they looked at one another in alarm. “We must tell the king what we have heard,” they said to Baruch. “But first, tell us how you got these messages. Did they come directly from Jeremiah?” So Baruch explained, “Jeremiah dictated them, and I wrote them down in ink, word for word, on this scroll.” “You and Jeremiah should both hide,” the officials told Baruch. “Don’t tell anyone where you are!” Then the officials left the scroll for safekeeping in the room of Elishama the secretary and went to tell the king what had happened.” Jeremiah 36:16-20 (NLT)

King Jehoiakim had his trusted aide Jehudi read the scroll to him.cut_it_with_the_penknife

“It was late autumn, and the king was in a winterized part of the palace, sitting in front of a fire to keep warm. Each time Jehudi finished reading three or four columns, the king took a knife and cut off that section of the scroll. He then threw it into the fire, section by section, until the whole scroll was burned up. Neither the king nor his attendants showed any signs of fear or repentance at what they heard. Even when Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah begged the king not to burn the scroll, he wouldn’t listen.” Jeremiah 36:22-25 (NLT)

Here was a King who was open and honest about his contempt for opposition to his government. In fact, after burning the scroll, he sent his son and some other men to arrest Baruch and Jeremiah. Fortunately, God had hidden them, and they were spared. In those days opposition was often met with imprisonment and death.

Barack Obama Reads LincolnBarack is busy reading about Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D Roosevelt. Would that he had the courage to seek wisdom from God’s Word.Bible - Word of God

Judah was facing economic and political hardships that eventually resulted in the toppling of the government and their captivity by a foreign nation. Times of prosperity had suddenly (over a process of forty years) turned into military defeats and isolationism. All the while they continued to fast, worship and seek after Jehovah God. Yet all the while they practiced greed and honored other gods, especially the god ‘BAAL’. They would worship in the Temple on the Sabbath and through the week offer sacrifices to Baal and other gods. They wanted to cover all the spiritual bases. They were tolerant of all the religions. They were tolerant of people’s rights to worship whom they please in a manner they please. Child SacrificeThat tolerance led to the horrible practice of child sacrifice to Baal.

“They have built pagan shrines at Topheth, the garbage dump in the valley of Ben-Hinnom, and there they burn their sons and daughters in the fire. I have never commanded such a horrible deed; it never even crossed my mind to command such a thing!” Jeremiah 7:31 (NLT)

Americans do not see abortion as child sacrifice, but I can’t help but think that God does.

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I can just see God saying “You allow your sons and daughters to be aborted in the womb, a practice that never even crossed my mind to command such a thing” Ibelieve we sacrifice them to the god of self-indulgence, and to the god of convenience.

I’m wondering if Barack Obama will be a President who will cut out of the Bible the portions of Scripture that he disagrees with. Indeed, I’m wondering if he will believe in the Bible as the Word of God at all. True belief requires OBEDIENCE. As he considers the wisdom of Lincoln and the actions of Roosevelt, I pray he will consider the warnings of God’s Word, especially the warnings of Jeremiah.partialbirthabortion

Barack has claimed that his name has its root in the Arabic and Semitic word for “blessing”. He said it is similar to the Hebrew word “ ‏בָּרַךְ (bārak) <Strong’s: 1288> to kneel, bless, praise, salute”. Other linguists have said it is more akin to the Hebrew word “‏בָּרַק (baraq) <Strong’s: 1299> cast forth (lightning)”. The Theological Workbook of the Old Testament has this to say in reference to the meaning of ‘baraq’ (lightning):

“The association of lightning with the Lord also serves as a polemic against Baal, the principal Canaanite nature deity. The Ugaritic texts and artifacts portray Baal as the god of lightning, fire and rain. Thus one text reads: “Baal flashed his thunderbolts” (ʿnt, IV, 70), and another says: “He flashed lightning to the earth” (Text 51, V, 71). In a stele he is pictured as brandishing a club in one hand, and holding a stylized thunderbolt ending in a spearhead in the other (C. F. A. Schaeffer, The Cuneiform Texts of Ras Shamra-Ugarit (1936), plate XXXII, fig. 2). The stele indicates that Baal had power over fire and lightning. It is against this background that one must read Jeremiah’s warning: “Do not learn the ways of the nations, and do not be dismayed at the signs in the heavens…. But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God, an everlasting King; at his wrath the earth trembles…. The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, these shall perish from the earth, and from under the heavens…. When the Lord utters his voice there is a tumult of waters in the heavens . . . ; he makes lightning’s for the rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasuries” (Jeremiah 10:2-13; cf. Jeremiah 51:16).

blessing or curseI don’t know the true meaning of Barack Obama’s name. I do know that God said in His Word (Deuteronomy 28) that we can either have blessing or cursing and that choice is made by heeding and following the Word of God. In fact, God says in Deuteronomy 30:19 (NLT): “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!”

Followers of Christ must pray for Barack Obama. We must pray that he will be a “Blessed” leader, because he has decided to obey God’s Word.  We must pray that he does not follow the example of Jehoiakim, and burn the Word of God that he disagrees with. If that happens, his name will indeed be “Lightning”, for he will be following the ‘god of lightning-Baal’. And God says that the gods of this world will perish from the earth, along with all those who follow them.

Barack, I hope you include the writings of Jeremiah in your readings. Barack, you need to meet Baruch, and follow the Word of God. Then and only then will your name mean “Blessed of God”. If there is any hope for America, if there is any hope for the Blessing of God on our country, it will be because our leaders humble themselves before Almighty God and agree to follow Him! Our God still Reigns!


Sunday Morning I will preach a “VBS Kickoff” Sermon on Lifeway’s Outrigger Island Theme. The verse for the week is Ps 86:11: (ESV) Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. It is all about following God’s Unshakeable Truth. If you saw our church and listen to the cool songs, you would think we were off for a Hawaiian Vacation. In reality I believe we are off for a battle in the Pacific, a battle which has the hearts and souls of our children as its prize. Increasingly our Nation is moving away from the TRUTH of God’s Word.
We live in a country where people openly question the authority and truth of God’s Word. Many of you have heard the following quotation from our potential future President:

“And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would we go with James Dobson’s, or Al Sharpton’s? Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is okay and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount — a passage that is so radical that it’s doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application? So before we get carried away, let’s read our Bibles now. Folks haven’t been reading their Bibles.” Barack Obama 6/28/2006

I have nothing against Barack Obama, but he represents the problem with Christianity today. There are too many smart, intelligent people who think they know more than God, and they think they know better what the truth is. And they are fooling many smart intelligent people.

We have something similar in Acts 13:4-12.

(NKJV) So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John as their assistant. Now when they had gone through the island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew whose name was Bar-Jesus, who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, “O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.” And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.

Obama claims to be a Born Again Follower of Christ?

Barack Obama is very similar to “Bar-Jesus” because he is using his version of the truth (pseudo-Christianity) to influence voters, especially in light of his ‘Christian Brochure’.

Obama claims to be a Born Again Follower of Christ?

In Acts 13, Elymas (Aramaic for Wise) thought he knew the truth, but he was a false prophet. He was Bar-Jesus (False Jesus). He tried to fool Sergius Paulus, who himself was an intelligent man, a man of authority given him by the Roman Senate.

Along comes Paul & Barnabus preaching and teaching the doctrines of Jesus Christ. Sergius was fascinated by this truth and was about to become a convert. Elymas (about to lose his sugar daddy) withstood them (got in their face) trying to turn the proconsul away from them.

Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, who is TRUTH. Paul locked his eyes on him and spoke this truth: withstood him (got in his face) and said: “You son of the devil, you enemy of all true righteousness, you monster of trickery and evil, is it not time you gave up trying to pervert the truth of the Lord? Now listen, the Lord himself will touch you, for some time you will not see the light of the sun – you will be blind!” (Phillips)

Then Sergius believed, but Acts 3:12 says he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord.

I believe Christianity is so watered down because we have failed to teach the Truth of Jesus Christ. The truth is not just doctrine. The truth of Jesus is never meant to be intellectual and theological. The Jews had all that with the Pharisees, Scribes and Sadducee’s. Jesus stood on the steps of the temple and cried out: You will not come to ME that you might have life”. The truth of Jesus Christ will produce LIFE that can be seen by everyone. It is not just theological doctrine. Here is evidence that perhaps our way of teaching the Bible is not working.

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life between May 8 and Aug. 13, 2007, among a representative sample of more than 35,000 Americans, found the following disturbing result about “TRUTH” (see chart)

IS THERE ANY TRUTH? Even among Evangelical Christians there is doubt and unbelief about Jesus when He says I am the Way the Truth and the Life, no man comes to the Father but by Me! We have BAR-JESUS’s like Alexander McClaren & Barack Obama encouraging us to read our Bibles and yet being “OPEN” to what the Truth of God’s Word is. In fact they will tell you it is impossible to know truth!

The reason that I am so concerned about our children, and our grandchildren, is that People Walk according to the Truth they believe. If we do not know what the Truth is, then we will walk to whatever we want. Gay Marriage makes sense to someone who doesn’t believe in truth. Mercy killing makes sense to people without truth. Abortion makes sense to people without truth.

I’m afraid that even attending Bible-teaching churches that my grandchildren will grow up not knowing the truth of God because we parents and grandparents don’t know the truth of God’s way. We can quote Psalms 86:11 all we want. Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. But God has already shown us His Way. His Way is His Son Jesus Christ. We are to Walk in Him, Abide in Him.

But I’m afraid that the words of Jack Nicholson are echoing across the churches of our land: “You can’t handle the truth”

The truth is that God’s Truth is meant to Guide our lives. It is meant to be Practical, Walkable, Livable. The Truth of God will IMPACT the WAY YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE. And it is meant to impact you in Extraordinary Ways.

But when we Christians aren’t Living the Truth of God’s Word, then Truth starts to be subjective, open to your own interpretation.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NKJV) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

I’m not talking about truth’s such as the Inerrancy of God’s Word, the Trinity, the Incarnation of Christ, Salvation by Grace and on and on. Those are important Theological Truths that I believe most of us share. But with Jesus it is not about Theology, it is about Livology. Jesus came that we might have LIFE, and that ABUNDANTLY!

I’m talking about Living the Life that Jesus Taught!

If Jesus is the WAY & the TRUTH, how do we Learn of Him so that we might have LIFE? The key is what Jesus told us was our Great Commission:

“Teaching them to (KEEP) observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20).

So what were all the commands of Jesus? A survey of the Gospels will produce about 49 general commands that every believer should follow. This, then, is the curriculum for carrying out the Great Commission and being a disciple. These Commands are the TRUTH, They Are the WAY They Will REPRODUCE HIS LIFE IN US!

The Greek word translated keep is tereo, which means “to guard, to watch, to observe closely, to hold fast.” This same word is used to describe the care that the Philippian jailer was to exercise in keeping Paul and Silas from escaping.

During the times of wind-driven ships, navigators would use the phrase keeping the stars. This meant that they would use the stars to chart a course across the ocean. This is precisely how the commands of Christ are to be used: as dependable lights for charting a course throughout life.

THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING THE COMMANDS OF CHRIST:

1. Showing Our Love for Christ

“If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

2. Abiding in God’s Love

“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10).

3. Perfecting God’s Love

“Whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him” (I John 2:5).

4. Having God Live Within Us

“If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23).

5. Experiencing God’s Love

“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father…” (John 14:21).

6. Knowing Christ Intimately

“…And I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21).

“Hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments” (I John 2:3).

If you are serious about learning and following the commands of Christ, I suggest you enrol in the FREE Daily Success Program of daily emails sponsored by the Institute in Basic Life Principles. You can do so at www.IBLP.org. Bill Gothard has done exhaustive research and application into the 49 commands of Christ. While it is geared toward men, women can enroll as well.

Churches that call themselves Christian must return to following the Commands of Christ. He is our Way, our Truth and our Life. No man comes to God but by following Jesus and His commands.