Ramie Lynch

 

God has used this young black man in the presentation of biblical ideas for a long time by way of writing.  I have found it a great pleasure to place his articles up on my site.  Often times people change, but Ramie only changes as he matures in his understanding of who God is and what God intends to say to His people.  If you read Ramie's comments on this page you will be able to not only see how the Lord is working in his pen and heart; but also in his understanding of How God controls the everyday lives of His children.  Ramie loves his country; as each real believer does.  He has discovered that some of the leadership of the land has been taken back by evil intentions.  Like myself; Ramie speaks to these issues.  He uses scriptures to defend his premises.  His use of the scripture insures a biblical perspective in all of his articles.  You will not only find this young man insightful; you will also be able to detect a strong desire to induce his biblical frame of reference in all of his ideas.  If you are a Pastor of a local congregation; take note; this is the kind of person that your preaching is to raise up in the body of Christ.  If you are a "layman"; these are the kinds of words that need to flow from your heart.  Not only am I pleased to place Ramie's articles up on the site; it is a privilege to know him personally.  Now; start reading his comments.  Pray for him as he attempts to share with you the insights that the Lord has placed upon his heart soul and mind.  Pastor John E. Coleman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Nicer Than God”  By Ramie Lynch

Today, I have been thinking about what's wrong with the American Church. One central issue comes to mind. American Christians are nicer than God. 

You may be wondering where am I coming from. Well, we (Christians) are quick to extend "grace" to non-believers. We are quick to tell them that Jesus loves them. He wants to bless them. He wants to give them prosperity. We give them the impression that Jesus is some long haired hippie in the sky who loves everybody and does not judge sin. Nothing could be further from the truth. 

When Jesus returns, he will be carrying a sword. He will be coming to judge the people, not save them. His first trip was about saving us. He hung on a cross for us. When he comes back, He's saying; "Times up! I gave you sinners time to repent. Now, it's judgment time." 

We (Christians) are giving folks "grace" without "wrath." We are telling them the benefits of following Christ. That's all fine and dandy, but I came to Christ because I didn't want to end up in hell. I realized I was a sinner guilty before a righteous God. We need to give folks "wrath." We must scare the "hell" out of them. That's true biblical Christianity. God may love them, but he will send their sinful behinds to hell if they have not repented of their sins and accepted his son Jesus as their savior. Only when this type of preaching is done, we will see a turnaround in the church. 

This type of preaching will bring revival. I hate compromising Christians. There is no middle ground with Christ. You can't love the world and then say you love Jesus. You have to tell it like it is whether people want to hear it or not. This is why I constantly harp on issues like abortion and homosexuality. These are sinful practices condemned by the word. So, if you are a "Christian" and condone them or support those that do; in my book, you are a "tare" who will be gathered at harvest time to be burned up. 

One more point, I don't believe in altar calls. Nowhere in the Bible do I find Jesus, Paul, or the apostles giving altar calls. They would preach "thus saith the Lord." Afterwards, the people would respond. They would cry out "What must we do to be saved?" I'm not going to beg anybody to be a Christian. Jesus didn't beg. Paul didn't beg. So why are we begging' folks to give their lives to Christ? I've visited churches where they would keep the doors of the church open until somebody came down the aisle. I've even seen cases where they would just ask folks to raise their hands. You've got to be kidding me. Is this what we've come too? Raise your hand to accept Jesus.

 The bottom line is that folks are going to end up in hell because they want to be there. They wanted to live life their way instead God's way. They refused to be obedient to God. I honestly believe that many so called "Christians" are going to end up in hell too. They will be crying "Lord, Lord" because they were lukewarm, tolerant, compromising, liberal, worldly, seeker sensitive, purpose driven, or pick your poisonous doctrine.

 I won't back down. I won't compromise. I know I sound like a broken record, but the Black community is on its way to hell. Time grows short. I will continue to shout it, until my people repent.

 I was asked, did I communicate with people other than my writing group. The answer is Yes. I talk to whoever is willing to listen. Most times, I talk to so called "saved" Black people. They get angry with me. Right now, I have people who refuse to talk to me because I'm against their messiah Barack Obama. They write me off as some "radical, crazy guy."  Most times, I'm dismissed as a "race traitor" who has let the white conservatives tweak my brain with their "God talk." I see the church as the biggest mission field. Our churches are filled with "unbelievers" who think they are saved. Just because you went down an aisle during an altar call does not mean you are saved. You have to walk the walk and talk the talk. You can't be just a hearer of the word. You have to be a doer of the word. That means reading your Bible and obeying what it says. This is what I'm attempting to do. I don't always do a good job at it, but at least I'm making the effort.  Ramie Lynch

Ramie has written before and I am always impressed by his forthrightness and stern stand in the truth of God’s blessed word.  I am pleased to say that he is a very dear friend of mine, and that I stand with him on these issues.  It is rare to find a young man like Ramie who continues to see the church for what she has become.  In a world of so few serious persons ramie shines as a light as well as an example for younger Christians in this country.  Thanks my dear little brother;  Pastor John  8-19-08

"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity" Ecclesiastes 1:2

 
"All things are wearisome; Man is not able to tell {it.} The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor is the ear filled with hearing. That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one might say, "See this, it is new"? Already it has existed for ages Which were before us. There is no remembrance of earlier things; And also of the later things which will occur, There will be for them no remembrance Among those who will come later" Ecclesiastes 1:8-11
 
Ecclesiastes is my favorite book of the Bible. I can't count how many times I have read this book. It is not long, but contains an enormous amount of wisdom. If you read the book, you can't help but feel a little depressed. It basically chronicles the foolish pursuits of man. Solomon shows how in the final analysis all is vanity. From dust we came and from dust we will return. It is only through the hope of the life to come with Jesus Christ, that we find joy in the midst of sorrows.
 
As a historian, I have learned that history merely repeats itself. Times may change. People may change, but human nature remains the same. We are sinful, prideful creatures who do not learn from history. We refuse to learn from the lessons of previous generations. With that said, I would like to discuss three issues that relate to this topic: America, Black people, and Appeasement.
 
America is the greatest nation on earth. We enjoy freedoms here that are dreamed about elsewhere. Yet with all this freedom and prosperity, we have forgotten about the God that preserved us as a nation. We have turned our backs on HIM and fallen into idolatry. We worship our money, military might, and sex. We kill babies and call it choice. We legalize abomination and call it same sex marriage. We abolish the 10 commandments and call it separation of church and state. We blaspheme the name of the Lord and call it free speech. We are filled with pride and heading to a terrible fall. History is littered with empires who thought themselves greater than God. Even Israel, God's Chosen People, had to be humbled by HIM for getting full of themselves. Do we (Americans) think he will deal with us any differently?
 
Black people are the soul of America. We are the nation's conscience. During the civil right's movement, we appealed to Almighty God to go before us and help us in our struggle to secure the freedoms promised by our constitution. God answered our prayers. HE delivered us from Jim Crow and discrimination. He awakened White America to the sins they had inflicted on Black America. How have we repaid him? We are having babies out of wedlock. We are killing each other. We are robbing each other. We are dropping out of school. We attack students who do well in school by claiming they are "acting white." We attack those who point out our failures and label them "uncle toms" and "sell-outs." We look to the government, instead of God to save us. Do you think God will allow this type of disobedience to go on forever? It think not.
 
We currently live in the age of Appeasement. No one wishes to stand up for what's right. No one wishes to fight the evil within our midst. Appeasement can be found everywhere. School children give their lunch money to the bully (to appease him) instead of standing up to him. Congress cowers before illegal aliens because they fear they will lose the Hispanic vote. The world cowers before terrorists because they don't want to be next. The entire world has gone insane. Instead of standing up to the bad guys, we try to negotiate with them. Don't we know that this never works? It only emboldens the bully to demand more. I remember when I was in high school, there was a football player that would always pick on me. One day, I had enough. I got so angry I grabbed a 15 lb. bar bell and was getting ready to hit him in the head with it. Luckily, the coach saw what was going on and grabbed me. After that, I never had problems with that guy. He knew I was tired of his crap and would try to hurt him if he continued. This is the same thing we need to do today. If terrorists are threatening us, we need to let them know we are not afraid to put a hurting on them they will never forget.
 
In the end, what I say does not matter. Who am I? I'm just a lone voice in the wilderness crying out. All is vanity. America will not change its course. Black folks will not repent. The world will not stop trying to appease Muslim terrorists. In the final analysis, only God will be able to straighten this mess out. I ask that everyone pray for Christ's speedy return.

"Are We Leaving Our Children Behind?"  By Ramie Lynch

"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."  
Deuteronomy 6:6-7
 
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
 
"But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea" Matthew 18:6
 
"I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth." Martin Luther
 
"Awful as they may be, I believe public schools actually represent the Law of the Jungle: If you can survive there, you can survive anywhere!" Maralyn Lois Polak
 
 
Disclaimer: This is not an attack on the many hardworking and dedicated Christian people who work in the field of public education. It is also not an assault on the Christian parents who send their children to public schools. It is my commentary on the evil godless institution we call public education. Ramie Lynch
"God commands that we train up our children in the way they should go. We are commanded to teach his law (the 10 commandments) to them diligently. Have we done this as a nation? I would say no. Instead, we have turned our children over to a godless public education system.  Instead of being taught that they are "fearfully and wonderfully made" in the image of God, they are taught that they are a bunch of evolved monkeys who happened by accident. Consequently, they behave that way. The law of the jungle reigns supreme. Survival of the Fittest governs the schools. The big and strong dominate the weak. This situation was created because our judges decided to take God out of the schools. The Bible, the 10 commandments, creationism, and prayer were banned. Evolution and Secular humanism were ushered in and now we are witnessing the aftermath of this terrible decision. We have sown unbelief. We are now reaping a bitter harvest of sex, guns, violence, and out of wedlock births in our public schools. 
Many may be thinking, What does this have to do with me? I send my kids to public schools and they are Okay. Well you are lucky. God, in his mercy, is protecting you child from the 12 years of secular humanist indoctrination taking place in the public education system; but everyone is not so lucky. Some are having their faith shaken by being taught that the Bible is a lie  and not scientifically accurate. Others are losing their faith all together and walking away from Christianity. Don't think that God, will hold you harmless on judgment day. Remember that God, holds you (the parent) responsible for your child's education. It is your responsibility to train them up in the way they should go. If you fail, God will hold you responsible. Jesus tells us that it is better for a millstone to hang around your neck and be drowned in the depth of the sea than offend the little ones that believe in him. 
With that said, I ask everyone to "count the cost." Have you done what God commands? Don't rely on the public schools to teach your kids to be fine upstanding citizens. It is your responsibility and God will hold you responsible for how they turn out."

 Ramie is a regular contributor to my site.  He is one of the finest young Christian men that I have ever met. His dedication to the word of God is fantastic.  The father of two children and the husband of one wife; a very good example for many men to follow.  PJ

 

Proverbs 22:7  The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.   I live my life by the proverb above. I am obsessed with not being in debt. I have no desire to be a servant to anyone but God. I am not heartless. I understand that sometimes things happen. One can lose their job, get sick, or be a victim of some uncontrollable calamity that puts them in debt. My words are not aimed at these people. My words are focused on those who put themselves in this position because of poor choices and utter foolishness.

 
Whatever happened to the concept of deferred gratification? Why are people unwilling to wait for the things they want? They willingly pay for things on a credit card that they know they don't have the money to pay for. Why are they buying a Cadillac on a Toyota income? Where does this stupidity come from? I was taught that one must save and sacrifice to get the things you want. Sometimes you must do without now, so you can have something later. My grandmother would always say "Life is filled with changes." This is very true. I'm always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Times may be good now, but who knows what the future may bring. The sun does not shine always. Sometimes, you need to put a little to the side for a rainy day. Only a fool focuses on today, with no thoughts for tomorrow. Even a squirrel has enough sense to gather nuts for the coming winter.
 
Don't get me wrong. I'm not against people having nice things. I am not opposed to people having a nice home, car, and other amenities. I'm just against going in debt to do it. If you can't afford it now, don't buy it. Wait until you are in better financial shape to purchase that item. If you know your financial situation may not improve, save or sacrifice for a time to put away the money you need to purchase that item. It does not make sense to put yourself in a position where you are a servant to the lender. 

 

No Compromise Christianity

"And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?" Luke 14:27-28

 
"Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" 1 Peter 4:16-17
  
When I was a child, my grandmother would preach many sermons to me. I can still recall them to this very day. One of the things she would always say was "You have to count the cost." At the time, I did not understand what she meant; but with age comes wisdom, and now I understand the lesson she was sharing with me. In life, we will be faced with many challenges. From time to time, we will have to make hard choices. We will reach a crossroad and have to decide whether we will obey God or man? Will we do right or do wrong? Will we stand for righteousness or bow to wickedness?
Of course, these choices will have consequences. Sometimes, we will have to pay a price for standing up for what's right. In other words, you have to count the cost.
 
As I look across American Christianity, I don't see folks willing to count the cost. Many are unwilling to stand up for what's right. Very few are willing to take a no compromise stand on various issues. There have been numerous challenges to God's order yet the Church remained silent. For example, the Supreme Court ruled that prayer in schools is unconstitutional. The church did nothing. The Supreme Court ruled that the 10 commandments can not be posted in schools. The Church did nothing. The Supreme Court ruled that it is legal for a mother to kill her unborn baby. The church did nothing. In fact, instead of trying to outlaw the practice, we are fighting to outlaw one of many methods (partial birth abortion) they use to kill the babies. The Supreme Court ruled that prayer at a  school graduation or sports event is unconstitutional. The Church did nothing. The Supreme Court ruled that the 10 commandments should be removed from the courthouse. The Church did nothing. The Supreme Court ruled that homosexuality (Abomination) is legal. The Church did nothing. State and Federal judges have ruled that Homosexuals should be able to get married. The Church did nothing. I could go on, but you get my point. America is out of control and we (the church) are doing nothing to stop it. Instead, we just obey the laws of man (Supreme Court) instead of the laws of God.
 
It is time for this madness to stop. We must stop trying to please the world and start pleasing God. In the Bible, Daniel was given a choice. He could obey the king's decree or he could obey God and face the lion's den . He chose to obey God rather than man. His life serves as an excellent example of a no compromise approach to life. He counted the cost and was willing to risk his life to do what God demands. How many of us can say the same? How many of us would have shown the courage displayed by Daniel? We must never be ashamed of the Gospel. We must hold tight to the firm foundation of God's word. Friends may come and go; nations may rise and fall, but God's word is eternal. He demands that we be a witness for him. We must count the cost and fight the good fight of faith.       Ramie  February 2006

The Beginning Of The End

"There is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children...Parents have no due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students."
9th Circuit Court of Appeals

 
One day, all sinners will have their place in the lake of fire. I suspect that the members of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will be among them. What's wrong with these judges? They clearly suffer from a reprobate mind. They are of their father the devil. They wish to make America a den of iniquity. They are debauched, depraved, and wish to make your children in their own evil image. If I had a spiritual X-ray machine, I suspect that the hearts of these judges are just as black as their robes.
 
I have been sounding the alarm about public schools for over 4 years. I have been trying to warn folks that Satan has taken them over in an attempt to corrupt the young minds of America.
 
It is now official. If you send your children to public schools, you will have no say in what they are taught. Keep your Christian beliefs to yourself. You have no parental rights. Children are property of the state.   
 

They will be taught the following:

  1.  There is no God
  2.  We are a bunch of evolved monkeys who happened by accident.
  3.  Man is the measure of all things.
  4.  Homosexuality is not wrong. It is just an alternate lifestyle.
  5.  You should not judge. What's right for you may not be right for me.
  6.  Abortion is not wrong. A woman has the right to control her own body. She has reproductive rights.
  7.  All values and cultures are equal.
  8.  We are all part of a global community. We must unite to save Mother Earth.
  9. America is a capitalist, racist, and evil nation. We are the source of the world's problems.
  10. You no longer have to honor your parents. You just have to obey the state.
 
I could go on but you get my point. The forces of darkness have won a decisive battle. Once again, Satan has used the court system to further his agenda.
 
Ramie
  
Appeals Court Declares Parenthood Unconstitutional, Group Says
By Susan Jones
CNSNews.com Senior Editor
November 03, 2005

(CNSNews.com) - A new ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is prompting cries of judicial activism.

On Wednesday the court dismissed a lawsuit brought by California parents who were outraged over a sex survey given to public school students in the first, third and fifth grades.

Among other things, the survey administered by the Palmdale School District asked children if they ever thought about having sex or touching other people's "private parts" and whether they could "stop thinking about having sex."

The parents argued that they -- not the public schools -- have the sole right "to control the upbringing of their children by introducing them to matters of and relating to sex."

But o n Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit dismissed the case, saying, "There is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children...Parents have no due process or privacy right to override the determinations of public schools as to the information to which their children will be exposed while enrolled as students."

Judge Stephen Reinhardt, writing for the panel, said "no such specific right can be found in the deep roots of the nation's history and tradition or implied in the concept of ordered liberty."

The Right Focus

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. Romans 13:1 -2

 
Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior  Titus 3:1-6
 
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist Colossians 1:16-17 
 
About 2 weeks ago, I read the scriptures above and experienced an epiphany. I realized that God is in control. He does not need my help to straighten things out in America. God is the Supreme governing authority in the universe. All authority flows from him. Even our corrupt government only exists by his will. The devil is the god of this world only because God allows it. It does not matter whether "Conservatives" or "Liberals" are in power. They can do no more than God will allow. This revelation has removed a tremendous burden on my heart. At one time, I believed that it was my duty to "help God out." I would be his "watchman" and comment on the immorality and debauchery that plagues our land. At times, I would sit in judgment of "Liberals" because I believed that they suffered from a reprobate mind. I now realize that I was wrong. Don't misunderstand me, I still think "Liberals" are screwed up, but it is not my place to judge them. They will have to give an account to God on judgment day for supporting issues like Abortion, Same Sex Marriage, and removing the 10 commandments from our land. I also realized that in many ways some "Conservatives" are no better than their "Liberal" counterparts. They may talk a good game, but what fruit are they producing. Unfortunately, many of them are producing corrupt fruit; therefore, some of them will not receive my support.
 
I realized that getting involved in the political process will not change anything. Trying to impose my Christian values on others will not help them in the final analysis. The only thing that will truly save this nation is for our pulpits to ring with a call to repentance. Our pastors and ministers need to preach the unvarnished gospel and tell the truth about the sin that plagues our land. As Christians, we need to individually and collectively repent of our sins. Our elected officials only reflect the values of those who elected them. Since our nation is depraved, our leaders are depraved also. As Christians, we should set the example of living a godly life. We must let our light shine forth as a beacon of hope to this lost dark world. We must show others the way. Voting for Republicans or Democrats will not save this nation. Only prayer and the gospel of Jesus Christ can accomplish that.
 
As a Christian and citizen of America, it is my duty to live an upright and blameless life. My life should reflect the Light of Christ. I should love my enemies and not stand in judgment of them. I must always remember that at one time I was just like them. I was a sinner. I was also blind. Instead of attacking those on the other side of the table, I should reach out to them and try to give the biblical reasons I vote like I do. I should also explain that this world and government are only temporary. My true home and citizenship is in Heaven. One day, America will be a distant memory, but the Kingdom of God is forever.        Ramie  October 13, 2005
 
P.S. I still intend on being a watchman, but I will limit my scope. It is not my place to judge those outside the body of Christ. They are only doing what is natural for an unregenerate sinner. I will only comment on what goes on in the body and try to give a biblical response to certain issues that plague our land. 

I would like to say that I am always pleased to see this kind of growth.  Maturity happens when a Believer listens to God alone; who determines true guidelines to Christ righteousness.  Each of us need to realize that there are goals that God requires of each of His children which may not affirm every activity of fallen men.  Pastor John

 

 

Past Articles By Ramie. . . . . .

 
Over the past few days, many news articles have been written about the disaster in New Orleans. Unfortunately, very few have made a spiritual examination of this catastrophe. I wish to examine this incident through the lens of the Bible. Below are a few random thoughts I have about the whole situation.
 
God's Sovereignty
God is the Supreme ruler of the Universe. It was his will that the Hurricane destroy the Gulf region of the United States. We must never forget that God is in control. This is why we pray "Thy will be done." Some may ask, How can a loving God allow such suffering in this world? The answer is simple- "Free Will." When God created this world, everything was good. Death and Suffering entered the world when Adam sinned. So if you want to blame someone, blame our ancestor Adam.
 
George Bush's Fault
Many news reports have blamed George Bush for what happened in New Orleans. I think this is very stupid. George Bush is not God. He does not have the power to create Hurricanes. He did not have the power to keep the levees from breaking. Anyway, I believe that this storm was God's judgment on "The Big Easy" and America. We are a rebellious people. We did not heed his warning on 9/11. We still refuse to repent of our abominations. Until we do, we will face more calamities.  
 
Broken Families
While watching the news broadcasts over the television, I noticed something very interesting. Where are the fathers? Where are the two parent households?
 
A good friend of mine, Curtis, says it better. "You may have noticed on TV and I am sure rest of the country noticed too, the number of women with babies on their hips and no men around them, except for the older women with their husbands.  Some of these women were not young chickens either. I guess they were the grandmothers taking care of their daughters children.
 
Now, after a generation of this type of foolishness, we can see why the gangs are everywhere, because no leadership (fathers) were in the HOME."
 
Idolatry
This disaster drove home a disturbing trend in my community. Some Black folks expect the government to save them. Last week, both Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton were in that region saying that the government is not doing enough and should do more. Both of these men are "reverends." I use that word lightly. Why aren't they saying we need to fall on our knees and appeal to God (not the government) to save us? I suspect it is because their god is the government.
 
The Government's Response (local, state, and federal)
Much has been written and said about the Government's (lack of) response to the disaster. I am not surprised. Government is controlled by man. Man is a fallible creature. Man is a sinful creature. He is not all knowing and powerful. He is capable of making mistakes. Of course, the government was going to screw up the response. I have this question to ask. Did anyone think about asking God for help? Did anyone ask God to activate his legions of angels to protect folks down there?
 
The Superdome
There were many reports about the awful suffering that took place within the Superdome. Some reports likened it to a "Living Hell." Well, I have a news flash for you. Hell will be much worse. Those who experienced the hellish conditions of the Superdome were given a slight glimpse of eternity apart from God. They experienced Hell on Earth. Hopefully, some will make the spiritual connection and flee to the cross. There is no salvation apart from the blood of Christ. We all should fall on our knees and repent of our sins. We should plead for mercy from Almighty God. I would not want to die in my sins and face the wrath of an angry God. Would you want to spend an eternity in a fate many fold worse than the Superdome?
 
Toxic Waters
Many articles are being written about the toxic waters that have consumed the city. These waters have the potential to be deadly if swallowed or absorbed through a cut in the skin. I think these flood waters are a metaphor. They represent the sin that plagued the city. New Orleans was already awash in debauchery and depravity. The bible teaches that the wages of sin is death. Before the disaster, people were already spiritually dying from the toxic waters of sin. It will take the blood of Christ to spiritually drain the toxic waters of sin from the city streets.
 
A Christian Response to the Disaster
As a Christian, we should pray for those affected by the storm. We should also preach the gospel. In the final analysis, the gospel is more precious than a blanket or bottle of water. Finally, we all need to repent. We should individually and collectively fall on our knees and appeal to Almighty God for our deliverance. We should ask him to forgive us of our sins and restore his hedge of protection. When all is said and done, God is the ultimate "Disaster Relief worker."  Ramie Lynch 9-05
 

 

 
I found the article below quite interesting. The article identifies 3 problems faced by young Black men. All three can be easily addressed. They do not require a government program to solve them.
 
The first issue is Incarceration. If one gets in trouble with the law, it has a direct effect on their job prospects in the future. This could be remedied quite simply. Don't get in trouble. God gave each of us free will. You can choose to do right or you can choose to do wrong. I have been in many situations when I could have chosen to do the wrong thing, but I used my "free will" to make the right choice. Others have done this also.
 
The second issue is Child Support. First of all, if these guys would stop having babies out of wedlock, they would not have to worry about being burdened with Child Support payments. Besides a real man takes care of his family, I feel no sympathy for a guy who is man enough to make a baby, but unwilling to take care of it. In my opinion, he is a reprobate and should be forced to work and take care of his responsibilities.
 
The final issue is Immigrant competition. Immigrants are preferred because of their "work ethic." They are willing to do "everything from showing up on time, to treating customers well, to willingness to learn new skills." Why can't our Young Black Males do this also? If they did, then maybe they would get the job instead of the immigrant.
 
I know that my solution to this problem may be considered na´ve by some, but I honestly believe the answer is that simple. If our young Black Males, trust in God, get an education, stay out of trouble, work hard, and not father babies out of wedlock, they will find success in life. I don't need a government study to tell me that. All I need to do is pick up a Bible. It has the answers.
 
Any comments?
 
Ramie Lynch / August 30, 2005
 

 

I have decided to take a break from offering my commentary on politics and religion. Basically, I'm a little tired of going off about the foolishness that is going on in this world. Instead, I wish to define where I am coming from in hope that others can relate and possibly share common ground with my core beliefs.

 
What I Believe
 
I am a debauched, depraved sinner worthy of the fiery pit of Hell. It is only through repentance of my sins and personal faith in Jesus Christ that I am saved.
 
The Bible serves as the foundation of my life. I abide by it's teachings and use it as the guidebook for my life. My worldview is based the Bible.
 
I believe in personal responsibility. We are all accountable to God for our actions. This means that we can not blame others for our poor choices.
When all is said and done, I can't be running around blaming the white man, racism, and slavery for my failures.
 
The Civil Rights Movement is over. It was successful. We won. The legal barriers that prevented me from getting a job, education, or housing have been removed. It is time to forgive the sins of the past and move forward. It is not 1965; it is 2005. Marching in the streets will not solve our problems.
 
Most of the problems that plague the Black Community are spiritual. We are in rebellion to God. He has given us over to a reprobate mind. Out of Wedlock Births, Abortion, Down Low Behavior, and Crime are the result. All of these things can be defined as one thing- "Sin." Spiritual problems require spiritual solutions.
 
Racism and Discrimination are real. I believe they can be overcome through hard work and prayer. If God can deliver Daniel from the Lion's Den, he can certainly deliver me from any problems I may face in life.
 
I am neither Democrat nor Republican, I am a Black Conservative. This means that I believe in less government, low taxes, fiscal restraint, a strong military, and a strict interpretation of the Constitution.
 
I oppose government redistribution of wealth of any kind. This means that I oppose corporate welfare, subsides, entitlements, welfare, foreign aid, and other socialistic schemes.
 
I approach politics from a Biblical perspective. I believe that abortion (murder) is wrong. I believe that homosexual marriage (abomination) is wrong. I believe that removing the 10 commandments is wrong.  This means that I vote for whoever's platform falls in line with biblical positions.
 
The government can not save us. Only Jesus can save us. Since Black Folks problems are spiritual, they will not be solved by physical means. This means that government programs will not be our salvation. Ending Racism and Discrimination will not solve our problems. Only falling on our knees individually and collectively we will be able to overcome the problems that plague our community.
 
I believe that the American Church suffers from apostasy. Many have fallen away from the true faith. They practice a religion that has "a form of godliness buy denies the power thereof."
 
I believe that the Black Community has been invaded by pulpit pimps. (I will not name names. Folks get upset when you do that.) I will just say that you shall know them by their fruits. I ask everyone to use the Bible to judge the teachings of these false teachers.
 
Finally, I believe that America is guilty of many sins. We have killed over 40 million babies. We celebrate alternate lifestyles (abomination.) We have ruled God's 10 commandments unconstitutional. We practice idolatry. We worship our homes, jobs, cars, money, and possessions. God will not tolerate this forever. I think that one day soon he will judge us for our immorality.
  
I hope you will be able to agree and find common ground with some of my beliefs. Contrary to popular opinion, I have not lost my mind. When I write and send articles, it is just my own little way to sound the alarm and speak out about what is going on.
 
Ramie  August 2005  Very good job of defining yourself Ramie.  Your analysis is perfect, and I for one do not think you crazy at all.  As a matter of fact it is a joy knowing you my brother!  Pastor John (But they think I'm crazy too and I mention names)

Read more from this fresh mind . . . .

Getting The Right Kind Of Focus

"...this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:" Isaiah 30:9-10 

 
"I cannot recall at any time, when the gap between the kind words which statesmen used and what was actually happening in many countries was so great as it is now. The habit of saying smooth things and uttering pious platitudes and sentiments to gain applause, without relation to underlying facts, is more pronounced now than it has ever been my experience." Winston Churchill
 
I remember as a child, I used to watch "Lost in Space." It was a TV show that followed the exploits of the Robinson family and Dr. Smith. They were lost on an alien planet. My favorite characters were the robot and Dr. Smith. Dr. Smith would always do something that put the rest of the group in peril. The robot was always looking out for trouble. Whenever he detected it, the robot would yell "Danger, Danger Will Robinson" and alert the family to what was going on. I would like to do this today and offer words of warning to those willing to listen. 
 
Sometimes I marvel at how truly deceived the masses have become. We have been lulled into a false sense of security which will one day lead to the downfall of this nation. We live in perilous times yet no one seems to care. Before World War II, Winston Churchill warned his nation about the dangers that existed. No one listened. They just kept going along in their daily lives with no care in the world. They wanted the good times and prosperity to last forever. This same trend can be witnessed in America. We have become very materialistic. We worship our big homes, cars, and possessions. Our only concern seems to be in the acquisition of more material wealth. We think not of tomorrow. Our only concern is for today. We elect leaders who speak smooth things and assure us that the good times will never end.
 
This phenomenon is quite amazing. Have we forgotten that the world is a dangerous place? Just a few years ago, we were attacked on our own soil and over 3,000 of our citizens lost their lives. The people who perpetrated this act are still out there. They wish for our death and destruction. If given the opportunity, they will cut off our heads. Is no one aware of this? Our national debt is out of control. America does not have the money to pay it. Sooner or later the bill will have to be paid. How do you think it will be paid? The government will either raise taxes or print more money (inflate the money supply) to pay it. Either way, we lose.  Illegal Immigration is rampant. Criminals, terrorists, and others who carry infectious disease cross our borders with ease. Many receive free health care, welfare benefits, and other entitlements. They have not paid one dime into the system yet they reap the rewards. When will this madness stop? Our allies work against us. They plot behind our backs and openly display their contempt for us. Yet, we blindly walk hand in hand with them like nothing is wrong.
 
I could list further nonsense, but it would be useless. My ultimate point is that this can not continue forever. Eventually, we will reach the breaking point. I fear that time will come sooner, rather than later. In fact, I suspect we may even be at the door. In Isaiah 30:12-13, God warned his people of the troubles that would befall them because of their disobedience. He said: "Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant." I fear this is what is going to America. Our pride has deceived us. We walk around thinking that nothing bad will happen here in America. America will never fall. It will never falter. Well, I think the opposite is true. America will fall and it will happen in an instant. Something major is going to go down. I don't know what. It may be a stock market crash. It may be a terrorist attack. Only God knows. I do believe that we are doomed for destruction.
 
With that said, I ask everyone to fall on their knees and pray. Individually and collectively as a nation we need to repent before Almighty God. God warned the people of Nineveh about their destruction. They heeded his warning and were saved. God is same then as he is now. If enough of us, repent and pray for our nation this disaster might be averted. In all honesty, I don't think this will happen. We are like the Children of Israel before being taken into captivity. We are full of ourselves and the pride of life. As a result, God judged them and allowed their enemies to make them low. I fear the same destiny awaits America.       Ramie

True Freedom

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34

 
"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."  John Adams
 
 
In less than a month, we will celebrate Independence Day. This is the day we set aside to commemorate America's Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. On July 4th, 1776, our founders declared "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Unfortunately, we have perverted this concept. First, we deny the existence of a Creator and our accountability to HIM. Next, we have removed his 10 commandments from our schools and courthouses. Now, we have exchanged the rights to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness for the rights of Death, Debauchery, and the pursuit of Money. We can see these concepts play out everyday in the news. The right to Death can be seen in the support for abortion and the execution of Terri Schiavo. The right to Debauchery can be witnessed in the celebration of alternate lifestyles. The pursuit of Money can be found everywhere; even in the church.  Everybody is running around trying to increase their wealth.
 
America was established to be a self government. Men would be accountable to each other and ultimately to God. They would practice self-restraint to minimize the need for government involvement Today, this concept has been turned on its head. Man is now accountable to no one, especially not God. Man lives his life with an "anything goes" "just do it" philosophy. This undisciplined living has resulted into a dramatic increase in crime and mischief throughout our land. As a result, the size and scope of government has grown to deal with this epidemic. Unfortunately, this method will never work. One of our founders, John Adams, clearly stated that "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion."
 
This leads one to ponder; What is the answer? I think the answer is quite simple- Repentance. We as a nation need to get on our knees and repent of our sins. We need to Declare our Independence from Sin and rely on Almighty God to save us. Unfortunately, I do not think this will happen. We the people have become quite comfortable being the arbiters of right and wrong. We have rejected God and very soon his judgment will befall us all.
 
Ramie Lynch /

 

Turning On The Light!

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:17

 
And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. Matthew 5:29
 
Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened 1 Corinthians 5:6 - 7
 
....if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. 1 Corinthians 5: 11 - 13
 
Lately, I have been thinking about how it has become wrong to say anything about sin within the body of Christ. You are immediately labeled "judgmental" and reminded to "judge not lest ye be judged?" This is foolishness and must stop. This is why the church is no longer taken seriously by the world. We do not provide a good witness to the transforming power of the gospel. The churches are filled with worldly Christians who resemble the sinners in the world. Many churchgoers are no different than their unsaved neighbors. They are holy on Sunday and harlots the rest of the week. Until we start cleaning house, this sad situation will continue.
 
Matthew 5:29 is an excellent verse. In this verse, Christ warns us about the consequences of sin in our lives. I think this verse can also be applied to the Church. If a member offend thee, pluck them out, and cast them from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole church be cast into hell. Unfortunately, this is not happening. Instead of exposing sin and calling people to repentance, we remain silent and now the whole church is on its way to hell. This is why it is not uncommon to find fornication, adultery, homosexuality, covetousness, and idolatry among the ranks of church members.
 
In 1 Corinthians chapter 5, sin was found within the body of Christ. This person refused to repent. Instead of allowing this person to continue in fellowship, they put them out. In fact, they were told to not even eat with them. Why do we refuse to do this today? Instead of removing sin from the ranks, we are told that we should not "judge" anybody. Well, I'm tired of it. We need to personally and collectively repent. (that means me too, for those who think I am self righteous.) We all need to get on our knees and remove sin from the house of the Lord. If folks refuse to repent, then they need to be put out. We must purge out the old leaven. 1 Peter 4:17 is correct when it states that "judgment must begin at the house of God." It’s time that we stop being hearers of the Word and become doers of the Word. So let's get to judging.
 
Ramie Lynch  May 18, 2005
 

Bring Me That Strap!

By Raymie Lynch

Raymie is a regular contributor of articles to my site.  He has always presented the clearest biblical reference to support his arguments.  This article is not only timely; it is also very much appreciated by me in that my girls were never allowed to act the the child in question.  Thanks Bro. Raymie for another fine article.  Pastor John

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6-6

 
He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. Proverbs 13:24
 
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. Proverbs 22:15
 
Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. Proverbs 23:13-14
 
The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. Proverbs 29:15
 
 
Much has been said and written about the 5 year old girl that was handcuffed in Florida. I wish to go on the record and state that the police were right to handcuff the young ruffian. She is clearly on the pathway to destruction. It is obvious that she is not receiving any guidance or instruction at home. In my estimate, this child is just reflecting the values she has learned at home. Maybe this incident will scare the girl straight. I doubt it. At five years old, she thinks it's OK to hit adults. The NAACP, Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson should be ashamed of themselves for taking up this cause.
 
This child's behavior should have brought the mother shame. Unfortunately, the very opposite has happened. This child's unruly behavior has brought the mother fame and media sympathy. It has also allowed her to line her pockets with money generated from selling this story. More than likely, she will get "paid" again when she takes this matter to court.
 
This is a most unfortunate incident. There are many victims in this mess. The school system and police department are victims of the "civil rights mafia." They will be punished for trying to maintain order in a learning environment. The child is also a victim. This incident will teach her that bad behavior is rewarded. It will also hasten her journey to becoming another unwed teen mother or future criminal of America. The final victim is the black community. This incident verifies that our leadership is devoid of any sense of right and wrong. Once again, they have taken up the cause of making folk heroes out of people who deserve scorn and correction. 
 

 

     Modern Day Slavery


By Raymie Lynch

Greetings All 
I have been kicking around an idea in my head for the past couple of days and decided to write about it today. I consider myself a historian. In fact, I have a degree in history. I decided to put that training to use today. Most historians have a favorite period of history. My time period is the antebellum south. The antebellum South is a fascinating period in America History. This was the era of big cotton, slavery, large plantations, and the exploitation of immigrants. I am almost a subject matter expert in this era. In fact, I would propose that the emergence of modern day America has it's roots in the customs and practices of the pre-civil war era. The socio-economic structure of the antebellum south was complicated. In fact, I don’t have the time to really give a big picture examination of how it relates to my topic. With that said, I will now make a comparison of the plantation system with what I call modern day slavery.
 
The typical plantation in the South had a certain hierarchy. At the top was the Master or Owner of the plantation. Believe it or not, a considerable number of them were educated Northern professionals who had migrated to the South and married into established Southern families. Second was the Overseer. Usually this person was a native born white or possibly Irish immigrant hired to keep the slaves in line. Third, you usually had a Slave Driver. This person was usually a trusted slave who would do the bidding of the Master and Overseer. It was the Slave Driver's job to keep the other slaves in line. The Slave Driver also served as a spy and would be rewarded for selling out his fellow brothers and sisters in bondage. It was also his job to sow discord among the slaves to keep them from unifying. Fourth, were the house slaves they were sometimes the illegitimate offspring of the owner. They usually received better housing and clothing. As a trade-off they were at the master's beck and call 24 hours a day. Finally, at the bottom of the pecking order were the field slaves. They were the ones who performed the backbreaking work of tilling the fields of cotton, sugar cane, or tobacco.
 
Now that I have set the stage, I would like to examine how the plantation system works in modern day America. The Master of the plantation is the Democratic Party. The Overseers are the liberal white elite who set the agenda for the party. They are the ones who push for gay marriage, homosexual rights, removing the 10 commandments, abortion, and removing every trace of God from the public square. The Slave Drivers are the Black Leadership. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the Congressional Black Caucus do the bidding of the Democrats and the liberal white elite to keep the masses in line. They are rewarded for their efforts with money, fame, and passage of more government programs. The house slaves and field slaves are the masses of black people. They are held in bondage to a system that is designed to deceive them and keep them beholden to the master.
 
During this time period, some slaves rebelled against the system. They either "escaped up North to freedom" or led slave uprisings. In general, these slaves were considered troublemakers by the masses. Usually because of these slaves' actions, life was made harder for the rest of the slaves left behind on the plantation. Sometimes those who escaped, would come back to help others escape. Some were welcomed; while others were greeted with scorn and distrust.
 
This practice still takes place today. The "troublemakers" who have rebelled from the system are the black conservatives. They either escape from the Democratic Party and join the Republican Party, or they stay and try to get the masses to rebel against the evil platform promoted by the party. Just like in the antebellum south, some of the blacks who have escaped have come back to try to help the masses. Unfortunately, these black conservatives are greeted with scorn and distrust. The modern day overseers and slave drivers have been able to sow discord to keep the masses angry and confused; therefore, unable to dream of a life outside the Democratic Plantation.
 
Although the situation is looks bleak, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I believe we are on the verge of a second civil war. This war will not be fought with rifles or cannons. It will be a battle of ideologies. I believe the key to winning the war will be the issue of "moral values." If black conservatives are able to convince the masses, who claim to be Christian, that the platform of the plantation is anti-God and evil, the war can be won. If not, the masses will continue in servitude to their Democratic masters.
 
Ramie Lynch  March 2005
 
P.S. Any comments?  Feedback on my premise is appreciated. I know it may seem a little out there but it make perfect sense to me. What do you think?  Ramie Lynch's  E-mail Address
jsutiger1@msn.com

 

School Maze   By Ramie Lynch

Disclaimer: This is not an attack on the many hardworking and dedicated people who work in the field of public education. In fact, I admire your dedication in entering the gates of hell everyday to be light in a system of darkness. (I have to confess that I could not be a teacher. The bible teaches that "ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." They would fire me because I would be setting folks free. Those who know me can figure out what I would tell students, parents, and administrators.) This is commentary on how our public schools have become public cesspools.

 
I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth. Martin Luther
 
Awful as they may be, I believe public schools actually represent the Law of the Jungle: If you can survive there, you can survive anywhere! Maralyn Lois Polak
 
Martin Luther's prophecy has come true. We have taken the bible and prayer out of the schools and as a result, they have become hatcheries of debauchery and depravity. Sex, Guns, and Violence have become commonplace in many of our public schools. The children are taught that they are a bunch of evolved monkeys. Consequently, they behave that way. The law of the jungle reigns supreme. The big and strong dominate the weak. I remember my days in elementary school. I would get picked on because I was smart. I would have to fight to defend myself. If you did not stand up for yourself, they would take your lunch money, school supplies, or toys.
 
When I entered middle school, I have memories of learning about sex from friends. I learned all types of terms for body parts. I also learned how to cuss like a sailor. In fact, at one point, every other word we would use would be a cuss word. It was also the first time I was exposed to girls getting pregnant in the 7th and 8th grades.
 
High School was a blast. By this time, I had become quite accustomed to the rules of the game. I played them well. As a result, I was pretty popular. I was the "cool nerd." I mention all of this to make a point. I was also someone raised in a Christian home. I attended Sunday school and church every Sunday. I'm sure my parents never knew of my secret life at school. (It's too late to whip me now.) I was just like the rest of the heathens there. I claimed to be Christian, but my life did not reflect it. It is true that my Christian faith kept me from engaging in activities like drinkin' and smokin' dope; but for the most part, I wasn't that much different than my friends.
 
I have revealed these facts to make a point. The public schools are incubators of sin. They will take your children raised in Christian homes and corrupt them. It is for this reason I recommend that children from Christian homes be home schooled or placed in private schools. There is no way to truly shield your children from this wicked world; but we should at least limit their exposure to the gates of hell.
 

 

 

I thought I'd place this guys picture up in order to keep Ramie's article within it's proper context.  We know who this guy is.  He is the one that does not speak unless he is speaking about getting some money.  He believes that Christians are not living faithfully unless they are getting a lot of money.  Well, Ramie Lynch wrote another fine article for us to give some thought to. Enjoy!  Pastor John E. Coleman

The Money Trap!

Proverbs 22:7, Ecclesiastes 10:19, 1 Timothy 6:10

 Today, I decided to write about something that we can all relate to-MONEY. In my opinion, Christians fall into three camps. One camp believes money is evil and that the poor are more righteous than the rich. The second camp believes that God is a genie and all you have to do is wish (pray) for riches and he will grant them. The third crowd takes a more balanced approach and views money as a tool that can be used to promote the kingdom of God. 

Now that I have defined the 3 camps, I would like to examine them more closely. I have come across Christians who believe that they are holy because they are poor or in debt. They see this as a badge of honor. They think they are closer to God because Jesus was poor. I think this line of thought is nonsense. The bible does say that the poor will be with us always; but it does not say that being poor helps one's standing in the kingdom of heaven. 

I would like to call the second camp the "Creflo Dollar crowd." These are the Christians who run around praying for God to bless them and anoint them with riches. Some pray the prayer of Jabez like it is some kind of formula for riches. This is utter foolishness. God does not promise us material wealth. He promises us salvation. He tells us to store our treasures up in heaven. We should not worry about chasing riches here on earth. 

The third camp takes a more balanced approach. They view money as a means to an end. They see themselves as stewards of what God has given them. They use what they have been given to bless themselves and others. God is not against people being wealthy. Abraham was wealthy, so were David and Solomon. He is only concerned about how you use what is given to you.  

The last thing I wish to discuss is Debt. Many Americans are burdened with debt. The credit card has enslaved millions. This is very saddening. We should all work hard to remove these chains and get out of debt. I have no intention of being a servant to anyone but God. 

Any comments?   Ramie  Do you understand now, we are not to have this sinful disposition.  Thanks Ramie!  June 2004

This Message was preached on June 20, 2004 Anselm Bible Fellowship In Bellflower California             

                "Real Wealth" Matthew 6:19-34  

It is a fact that the Lord understood the hearts of those who heard Him.   The scriptures explains that He not only knew them, but that they had a way of being drawn to towards the words that He so often spoke;  Mark 12:37b  This lesson supplies for us a pattern from which the Lord works in those who serve Him. He speaks to us today concerning the same matters of the 1st Century.   He searchers the hearts of His hearers; Psalm 139:23

As he does, He discovers the issues set before us;   Therefore we conclude that doing the will of the Lord undertakes something  greater than simple lessons without absolute conclusions. The focus of our attention will be on one term today; WEALTH!

* No one in his or her right mind would attempt to solve the problems of America without undertaking the important fact that the economy is of interest to the thinking American. (e)  Who is Alan Greenspan?

* No right thinking Saint could begin to comprehend achieving in these here United States without considering the commodities and price indexes, market values, interest rates; ect.  Just attempt to proceed without the vital information, Impossible!   Can we therefore take the words of Jesus seriously when he says; (quote V.34)? "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.”

 I. WHAT IS REAL WEALTH?  

Definition of the term "Treasure"

(a) It is possessions in one form or another which one views as necessary for life.

(b) It is a place where things of value are kept. / It is a treasure chamber.

(c) It is that thing that is valuable / It is what is deposited!  Kept in safe places.

 A. The idea of treasure is taken from Old Jewish roots from the LXX.

 1. Joshua 6:19  There was a place to store the prize captured from the          enemies of the Lord.  Note V.24  Also see; Amos 8:5 & Jeremiah 51:16

 B. The people of God during early times were warned not to place false trust in these treasures; Proverbs 10:2 & 1st Timothy 6:17

 C. The idea of payment to God was later extended in Judaism.                  "The good works of the righteous; Almsgiving"  "Treasure which are laid up in Heaven OLD SAYING: "My fathers have laid up treasures which pay no interest, I have laid up treasures which pay interest."  See; Matthew 6:19 we must be honest and answer the question as to weather or not we are doing this on a daily basis.   Thus, Jesus takes up the Jewish image of teaching that a man should not assemble earthly and material things, but that he should do actions by which the righteous lay up treasure in heaven. Thus some of us understand this to be a part of the spiritual nature of Christ.  He expects the very same of all of us. Example: Mark 10:21, & Luke 12:33-34*

II. WHAT IS REAL WANT? See;  Luke 12:16-21

 A. Here we see a man that was blessed of the Lord; V.16

 B. Here we see the introspective nature of the man; V.17-19

 C. Then we see The Lord's interjection to the man; V.20-21

My Brother! . . . Your soul is in trouble!   This brother was doing what so many in our culture do today;

 (1) He was hoarding valuables; "Lay Up Treasure" V.21

Jesus was showing His repudiation of the laying up of earthly goods.  In so far as heaping up your earthly goods expresses this worldly and egotistic attitude. This is MINE, and don’t you forget it!   This is a contradiction of what God is and what He is like See; James 5:3   The James text implies that in the day of judgment, their wealth would become a witness against them. The ill gotten gain would reckon God's hand against those who trusted in riches. 

III. THE LORD'S SOLUTION FOR OUR PROBLEM CONCERNING REAL WEALTH:  Matthew 6:19-21

 A. First He tells us not to do something; "Lay up for yourselves" V.19a  

 1. He was not telling them that they could not own material possessions.

 2. He was saying that we should not make them the object of our affections.

 B. Second they were laying up because of something; V.34

Anxiety is the bed fellow of desperate actions, and the beginning of  blood pump!

 C. He warns us that the storing up syndrome invites divine decay;

 1. Where moth and rust destroy;

 2. And where thieves break in and steal; (common place in that day)

 Thus far it seems that we have lost in our efforts to correlate the 1st with the 20th century efforts at hoarding up.

 D. In the next verse, the Lord tells us what to hoard up; V.20

 1. What are we storing up for a far greater future; 1st Timothy 6:19

 2. Are we willing to look away from the transient to the terrestrial?                  1st Corinthians 15:51-54  We have a far more greater expectation, and we are told to seek a better home  then our temporary dwelling; in so doing, we are laying up treasure; Col. 3:1-4

CONCLUSION:

1. The Lord as stated earlier knows the heart of the listener, He now challenges everyone in the room with V.21 (r)

(a) We must all answer the following question; WHERE IS MY TREASURE?

(b) We admitted that He alone knows men's hearts and intentions, what has this done to you or in you?

(c) Has it developed guilt, frustration, anxiety, hatred, remorse, anger, indifference

(d) Do we need to look closer to detect where our hearts are?  Can we tell by our chest so full of His treasure?  * If my heart determines where my treasure is, and it does, my heart does not condemn me or excuse me. This is a scriptural principal:  1st John 3:19-21                 

Putting It All Together from The Biblical Alternative By Ramie Lynch                   

And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. Genesis 16:11-12

And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. Genesis 17:19

Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife. Genesis 28:9


And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12:3

I am convinced that the trouble in the middle east has spiritual dimensions. It is a war between brothers. It is also a war between God and Satan. I believe the trouble in the middle east can be traced back to the passages above. The Arabs are the children of Ishmael and Esau. The Jews are the children of Isaac and Jacob. The Arabs who practice radical Islam are wild and their hand is against every man. They are angry because the covenant for the land of Israel was given to the descendants of Isaac and Jacob. They believe that the land rightfully belongs to them and this is why they are so adamant about driving the Jews into the sea. This also why there will never be peace in the middle east until the price of peace (Jesus) comes back to set things straight.

America has become part of this family fight because we have historically supported the Jews and their right to have a state called Israel. As a result, the wild men of Ishmael have turned their attention to us. I believe the primary reason America was able to become great was because God blessed us for supporting Israel. If we ever stop supporting them, he will definitely judge us and curse our land. He will allow the wild men to reign terror upon us. He gave us a warning on 9/11.

With that said, I ask all bible believing Christians to lift up the Jews in prayer. Pray that our land continues to support the children of Isaac and Jacob; otherwise, we will face a terrible fate.

Ramie Lynch contributes interesting segments to this site.  I do hope you are enjoying his biblical approach to the news.  Pastor John Into The Word

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Look At What They Did!

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them 1 Thessalonians 5:3

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3:8

                           Article By Ramie Lynch 

I will never understand the make love not war crowd. "Can't we just all get along." "Give peace a chance." These statements and many others convince me that our nation is filled with a large number of naive individuals.

As both a historian and a Christian, I recognize that war is a part of life. People are not basically good. We are sinful creatures. By nature, we rob, kill, and destroy. Human history confirms this. We must recognize that there are evil people in this world. We must also understand that not all cultures, religions, or belief systems are equal. Some are better than others.

Now that I have laid the foundation, I would like to discuss the war on terrorism. We are fighting religious fanatics. They wish for our death and destruction. It does not matter if you are black, white, hispanic, or asian; they will kill you. There are many voices within our nation who want to go to the UN and negotiate peace. They believe that we can reason with these people. I would like to pose a few questions. How can you reason with people who kidnap and behead your citizens? How can you negotiate with a group of people who killed your citizens, burned their bodies up, dragged them behind a vehicle, hung them up on a bridge, and danced gleefully underneath them? How can you reason with a worldview that finds nothing wrong with highjacking a plane and crashing it into a building? How can you negotiate with a group of people who will blow themselves up just to kill you? We are fighting a group of people with a worldview that comes straight from the pit of hell. In fact, I would say these people are of their father the devil. Only the children of satan could devise the sick situations I just described.

We can't solve all of our problems through negotiations - no matter how hard we try. Sometimes we just have to fight. I have a question. What would you do if some one broke into your home and attacked you wife, husband, or children? Would you stand there and try to reason with them? Would you negotiate with them to peaceably stop what they are doing or would you fight to protect your family? I think the answer is that simple. There will never be true peace until Jesus,the prince of peace, comes back to set things straight. Even then, the nations will try to fight him, but we know that the final victory belongs to him.

I hope I have put this war in perspective. Whether you love G. Bush or hate him, he is doing the right thing by fighting these people. If we don't act now, they will start striking us at home. 9/11 was a wake up call. This is a fight of good vs evil. This is a battle of worldviews that will affect the course of human history. Commentators are correct when they say that we are fighting for the survival of Western Civilization.

Ramie Lynch

I am pleased to have Ramie's words on this site.  We have lost our minds.  We have become a weakened nation by virtue of those within our ranks that deny a reaction to such horror.  Wes, some of our troops have performed inhumane acts on other citizens of the world.  So, our government has not told us everything.  we are engaged in a real battle.  it is time for many of us to take a long hard look at reality.  Would I want to see this take place in Los Angeles, where I live, I don't think so.  I agree with Ramie, you may not care for the way that G.W. Bush runs the country, but I would ask what our reaction ought to be in light of the pictures to the left of your screen.  I am a Pastor, one that loves the Lord and these acts were carried out by devils from the very pit of hell.  Life is no movie scene, with it's conclusion next week, or at the end of the series.  Life is simply, if you pay taxes to this government, you are a citizen, therefore a target.  They will kill you regardless if you vote for Bush or Kerry.  Come on Christians, this is a religious war, so are we opting for neutrality or what?

Pastor John E. Coleman  / Into The Word Ministries 5/19/04