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ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
Friday August 6th, 2004
Over the last 200 years, the greatest influences in US politics have been first the church and then the so called mainstream media. They have divided this power of greatest influence equally, the solid church having it for the first hundred plus years of our nation's existence and the mainstream media having it for the last 90 to 100 years.
The fundamental churches in the country gave up their influence to the leftist leanings of the press with nary a raised voice. Once having that power of being the major influence in politics, the press worked diligently to secure its powers by making themselves almost indispensable to the politicians they embraced, owned and supported.
But now there are some new players in the game for influence: the Internet News Services, Radio Talk shows and a small but growing number of solid Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian preachers who are not willing to be cowed by the IRS, or the US or any state governments. Men who put Christ first making leftist with political power inconsequential.
What is at stake in November is who will wield the greatest political influence over the next generation. Will it be the extreme left of the old main stream media or will it be the new traditionalist of the Right - the radio talk shows, the internet news and the small but growing fundamental church leaders who are unwilling to put IRS regs and liberal court rulings ahead of dong the work the Lord.
For preachers this is not a new fight. For talk show hosts and the internet news it is. But, let us look back at where we in the pulpit of the nation's fundamental Born Again Washed in the Blood of Lamb, the Lord Jesus, the Christ, get our inspiration.
¶And as they (Peter and John) spake unto the people. The priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them. Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide. Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.
And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, and Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they had set them (Peter and John) in the midst, they asked, "By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?"
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, "Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, if we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole. Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, and whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stand here before you whole.
This is the Stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the Head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled. And they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, saying, "What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.
But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name."
And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, "Whether it be right in the sight of God, to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. (Acts 4:1-20 ACP/KJV)
Well of course, the leftists of the day, the high priest and his cronies, were not about to take these new voices of freedom, the Apostles of the Lord Jesus, and let them just take over without a fight, so as soon as John and Peter spoke again....
¶ Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them (Peter and John) without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, "Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man's blood upon us."
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, "We ought to obey God rather than men!
The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are His witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey Him."
When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them. (Acts 5:26-33 ACP/KJV)
Yes, the battle this coming November 2nd is over who will occupy the White House for the next four years and which political party will hold the sword of political power over the heads of the people of this country. But to a much greater extent it is over who will wield the greater influence over the voters of the USA - the old leftists of the main stream media or the new freedom fighters such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity on the radio, WorldNetDaily, Drudgeport, Freeepublic and others of the Internet News Services, and the growing number of preachers who put Christ ahead of political correctness.
After the election, if John Kerry is the new president, the old main steam media is still most influential. For they have taken the collective banner of "Bush bad, Kerry good," refusing to say or print anything positive about President Bush and anything negative or honest about John Kerry.
On the other hand, if President Bush wins, the tide of influence will have changed. No longer will the nightly news with Peter Jennings, the venom filled heterosexual hatred of the editorial pages of the New York Times, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, Portland Press Herald and others on the left be of influence, but the clear and honest news and reporting done by Talk Radio, the Internet News and God fearing preachers will have passed them.
Amongst those new media voices on the internet, standing amongst the Giants like DrudgeReport, NewsMax, CNS, WorldNetDaily and others is little Christian-news-in-maine.com. While the giants are, along with Rush, Sean and others in Talk Radio the apparent heroes of this fight on the Right, it is the preachers and little regional news services, such as Christian-news-in-maine.com who are right in the fight too, that are putting the most to the line. For if Kerry wins, it is the little guy he'll go after. Kerry has neither the courage nor the fortitude to go after the Rush Limbaughs and Matt Drudges of the world, he will have to content himself with attacking the fundamental churches and little regional news services.
But, regardless of how this election comes out, eventually what happens is that the Kerry/Clinton/Snowe/Collins political forces and their minions/masters in the extreme left wing press win. But only for a short while, for the ultimate winner is Christ and those who have given their lives to Him. And the ultimate losers are any and all that oppose Him, for their ain't no purgatory.
Revelation Chapter Twenty
And I saw an angel (Michael) come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, for they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8 and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city:
and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
And I saw a great white throne, and Him (Yeshua) that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20 ACP/KJV)
While this very day the leftist atheist mainstream media and their allies are claiming that the race is neck and neck, I think John Kerry will be lucky to carry more than Maine, Massachusetts and New York. But, in the end, God wins. Now, comes you. Will you be on the side of the ultimate winner or on the side of the ultimate loser? How about your kids? Will they learn from you to choose Christ or will they fall into the "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire" group? What could possibly be worse than a parent who knows the truth and keeps it from their children?
There are pretty much two groups of parents in the world. There are the John Kerrys who teach their children in such a manner that Kerrys daughter was photographed walking down a public street in a see thru dress, leaving nothing to the imagination. Worst of all, she did not seem to be at all embarrassed by her public nudity. Then you have my friend Rev. Don DeMars, Don's daughters when they go swimming, wear a tee shirt and shorts over their bathing suits. The difference? Don has taught his children to love Christ and respect themselves, Kerry has not. Which type of parent are you?
May the Lord God of creation be with you, guide you, bless and protect you. May He hear your prayers and forgive your sins. Amen.
May the Lord understand the importance of Mac and Cecily to this ministry. Lord I need them both healthy and able to continue to hold up their ends. Lord this cancer of Mac's is starting to get in the way, this ministry needs him whole, just a thought Lord, is all it will take, just a thought on Your part.
There is a young man, a veteran who suffers from some kind of chemical weapon exposure, in a Veterans hospital in Colorado, he is young, and he is saved, yet his wife just abandoned him. Please pray for him, Lord, help him and deal with her and those who hurt him, we ask this of the Father in Your name Lord Jesus, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with and bless you all, amen.
The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
I would also like to thank the Lord that Dorothy has a large print Bible, while I am not to happy about the way she got it, I am pleased that she has it. And now my prayer is that she will read it and the Lord will let the Holy Spirit guide her to understanding it. Amen.
The Lord be with you all and please keep me in your prayers. I have some very important decision to make over the next few weeks or months, I need your prayers. Amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in 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.
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