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Thoughts from Pastor John Nelson

 

—June 4, 2015

  Summer is upon us.  This is traditionally a time for folks to "take it easy" a little.  We are planning vacations, weekends at the lake, and a myriad of summer activities.  What we must not do however,  is to take a vacation from God.  

Make sure you start your day with prayer.  (That's how you talk to God.)

Then, take some time to read your Bible.  (That's how God talks to you.)

Vacations are good.  By all means, go on vacation, or take a stay-cation, but don't leave God out of your plans.  After all, He never leaves you out of His.  

 July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day to one and all!   How we thank God for the men and women who have given so much for the independence of our nation.  How we thank God for giving us true freedom through Christ.  We have freedom from the penalty of sin, the power of sin, and one day we will be free from the presence of sin.  

Do pray for our country.  The recent Supreme Court decision legalizing the unholy union of sodomites and lesbians is tragic indeed.   Homosexuality is a behavior, not a national, racial, or birth characteristic.  Many claim homosexuals are born that way, but there is nothing but pseudo-science that shows homosexuality is anything but a learned behavior.  Therefore, since it is a learned behavior and immoral preference, it ought to have no specialized protection from the Supreme Court.   If sexual preference is protected, then how long will it be until pedophillia and bestiality are protected also?   Now, don't get me wrong.  Everyone is welcome to attend our services, as long as they behave in what reasonable people would term decent and acceptable behavior in Church.  We love all people and want to see them all embrace Christ as personal Savior.  When they do so, they are not homosexual any longer.  

It is possible that even Churches could one day be sued because they refuse to admit practicing homosexuals to membership, or because Pastors refuse to perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples.  Then so be it.  I will never perform such a ceremony.  Our Church constitution forbids the addition of professing homosexuals to our membership, and we will stand on this premise regardless of what modern society says or does.  

In the spirit of our founding fathers, we will back up no more.  Here we stand! 

 

 Aug. 3, 2015

The moral fabric of our society continues to disintegrate around us.  The Oklahoma Supreme Court recently ruled that the representation of The Ten Commandments must go from the state capitol grounds, because it conflicts with the clause which forbids specific religions to benefit from public money or property.  

I believe this entire thought process, where government, both state and federal, must somehow ignore the very existence of Christianity as the foundation of our state and our nation is totally ridiculous.

Our history proves this country was founded as a Christian nation.  True, certain members of the Supreme Court of the United States have decided that the 'separation of Church and State', a phrase which, by the way, does not even appear in our Constitution, means the government cannot even recognize any longer any symbol of our religious heritage.  We need to remind ourselves that historically, members of the Supreme Court have also decided that slaves were not legally to be regarded as human beings.  (Dred Scott decision)  

It is high time for Congress to institute yet another ammendment, making it clear once and for all that, when the 1st Ammendment says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...",' an establishment of religion' refers to an existing established practice of worship.  If congress was prohibited from even legally recognizing Christianity, the constitutional ammendment would have read, "the establishment of religion".  

Something like the following would be exciting to have congress propose.

"Nothing in this Constitution may be interpreted to prohibit government from furthering an envioronment conducive to the growth and practice of the Christian faith, which faith historically is an integral aspect of our nations founding."

   In spite of what many leaders say, I am still not convinced that America is not still, a Christian nation.   May God bless you all, and may God bless America!

 

 

 

 


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