ACP Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
And you are faithful to? Friday June 6th, 2003
Yesterday we touched on Matthew chapter seven, today I would like to take a little closer look at Matthew chapter seven. Let's start with a question. Do you blindly follow a political ideology or party? Would you refuse to vote for a pro-life democrat over a pro-abortion republican simply because the pro-life candidate was a democrat? What if the pro-life candidate were an independent or better still a write in candidate?
On yesterday's Rush Limbaugh show, Rush said that the tide had turned in public opinion, that 52 percent of the American people thought life began at conception. And that they thought that life should be protected. Yet, pro-abortion anti-life candidates continue to win. Anti-life candidates like Olympia Snowe win time after time, even though no one could possible hate the baby in the womb more than she does. Yet, because she is a Republican she wins, she beat a man a few years back who ran as an third party candidate, he was absolutely pro-life, but anti-life snowe beat him hands down.
It saddens me to see Christians with allegiance to political parties and doctrine, it saddens me because our allegiance should be to Christ and Life, not party and dogma.
Matthew Chapter Seven
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?' 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at His doctrine: 29 For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Matthew chapter seven)
Don't you think it is time for you to stop listening to false leaders and prophets? Don't you think it is time for you to take the political blinders off? Don't you think it is time for you to judge a politician by his or her actions and not by their party affiliation and lies? Don't you think it is time for you to decided who you belong to, the democrats, the republicans or Christ?
I choose Matthew seven today because it tells you to judge righteously, not superficially. It goes on to tell you that just because you run around with a bumper sticker that says "I'm a Christian aint I great" Jesus sees the heart. Chapter seven also holds the most dire warning in the Bible. Verses 21 through 23: Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?' And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.
You can lie to me about your allegiance, you can lie to yourself, but you can not lie to God! Judge candidates by their fruits, not by their party affiliation. Judge all according to the scales of God's word, the Holy Bible.
The Lord our God be with you all, amen. And Lord, I would pray that You would give Steve and
Janice thirty one more years dedicated to You. Amen.
Steve and Janice, we wish and pray for you a Happy Anniversary, we love you both,
Bob and Cec.
Lord God Creator of all things, we give Thee thanks for giving us the second chance we do not deserve. We thank Thee Lord for our brave troops who are at this very instant freeing and liberating people through out the kingdom of satan. Lord we beseech Thee that Thou would send to our men a Paul, to preach Your word to them while they go to free those held captive by the forces of evil. Touch the Presidents heart Lord, lead him in a direction to send evangelist to our troops, give him the strength Lord to serve You, to use his office, that You have entrusted him with, as Commander in Chief to authorize and send solid evangelical Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian preachers to bring the Word of God to our troops, giving them both reason to fight and the Lord's plan of salvation. And put the end of abortion at the top of his agenda.
Lord Jesus, it is in Thy Sacred and Holy Name I pray, Amen.
red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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