Coach Dave Daubenmire
May 21, 2009
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“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” Matt. 24:9-12
“Law without punishment is not really law.” Spoken to me by Dr. Alan Keyes 5-14-09
Have you seen the video that I filmed of Father Norman Weslin’s arrest on May 15, 2009 on the campus of the University of Notre Dame? Please….please take eight minutes and view it here. You will never forget what you see.
The battle between the two seeds has been raised to a new level in America. The clash of the kingdoms is playing out before our very eyes. The time has now come when we must all pick a side…to “choose this day whom you will serve.” The words of Jesus are as chilling as they were prophetic when He spoke to us 2000 years ago regarding the spiritual condition of modern-day America…
"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household."
Perhaps you still don’t get the picture. Father John Jenkins, a Catholic priest and the president of the University of Notre Dame, turned to the civil authorities to arrest a fellow Catholic priest for standing up for Catholic values, on a Catholic university, where Catholic values are purported to have once been the central focus of that Catholic university’s teachings.
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But this is not just going on at Notre Dame. I bet you never heard that Focus on the Family had eight Christians arrested, including their pastor, (Bob Enyart is a friend of mine) for questioning Dr. Dobson regarding his flip-flop on support for John McCain. These gentle Christians now face 90 days in jail and a $500 fine for questioning the actions of a fellow believer, which Scripture plainly teaches we should do.
As I warned you a few weeks ago, not all gospels are THE Gospel. But this isn’t even about the in-fighting among denominations as to who’s right and who’s wrong on doctrinal issues, or the fundamentals of salvation. Notre Dame exposed what we have suspected for years. The devil is alive and well within the Church and he comes cloaked in the garments of “religion.”
Jesus warned us of that as well.
“This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.” Mark 7.
Let me stop you right there because your pride is showing. This is not about Catholicism, so save your emails. It is about the worship of doctrine, theology, and tradition. The evangelical and mainline churches are full of lost folks who love keeping the traditions of their “religion” and our arrogantly trusting in “their own goodness,” without turning from sin.
Religion is “the dead faith of those now living.” Christianity is “the living faith of those now dead.” No wonder so many people are turned off by us “religious folk.” We practice our religion rather than living out our faith.
Say what you will about the events at Notre Dame. At least Father Weslin lived out what he believed. Faith produces works like fire produces smoke. That is how you recognize it. By their fruit (Deeds) you shall know them. Does the leadership of the Catholic Church believe the law they teach the people or are they vainly worshiping the doctrines of men?
America is sick. It has become infected with “leadership” that is rotten. A fish rots from the head downward. Whatever flows through the head, flows throughout the body and the whole nation is sick.
American Christianity, too, has become lawless. The evidence is the law-breaking openly celebrated in our government. This could never have happened under the watchful eye of a righteous Church. But the Church has become lawless… wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked…honoring evil and punishing good.
“But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers…” I Timothy 1:4-12
But this is where we have sprung the leak. Because law is no longer part of the Church’s vocabulary, sin has gone the way of fear and trembling. It is now clear that the battle for the America lies inside the church.
America is lawless because the church is lawless. In this “age of Grace” we have become convinced that one can sin without consequences. The American Church has preached grace in the place of remorse, offered compassion instead of discipline, and spread tolerance to cover shame. Mercy follows judgment. We are no longer taught to hate sin.
own father used to admonish his kids after we found ourselves in a jam
of our own creation. "Well, you've made your own bed, now sleep
in it." We have no one to blame but ourselves.
Which brings me back to the Alan Keyes’ statement that “Law without punishment is not really law.”
Would America be in the mess we are in if we had continued to exercise discipline within the Church? Is it possible that the lawlessness in the nation is the direct result of sin in the pews? Would the leadership of America be more righteous if the pulpit demanded Biblical obedience from their flocks?
Would President Obama have dared to venture to Notre Dame if the Catholic Church had dealt with its own sin? Was anyone every punished for the homosexual abuse of the Catholic Church? (Law without punishment is not really law.) Have pro-aborts Pelosi, Kerry, Kennedy, Biden, et al paid any price at all for the disobedience to the teachings of the Church? Is the rank and file Catholic fearful of disobeying the Lord?
Lawlessness is abounding in the Church. From divorce to homosexuality, dishonest business dealings to debt, Sunday morning soccer to out of control children, money-hungry pastors to power hoarding church boards; sin is causing “the love of many to wax cold.”
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Much of American Christianity is apostate. To many, church attendance is not much different than membership in your local VFW. It is a gathering place, a social circle into which one is born; a special club with special rituals…where membership has its privileges.
There is a separating occurring in the Church. It is happening before our very eyes. Our churches are full of evil spirits in high places and many of them are wearing funny collars. Father Weslin and Father Jenkins are examples of the sheep and the goats. I’ll let you decide which is which.
There is a shaking coming. Religion can’t save you, your church can’t save you, your pastor can’t save you, and your works cannot save you.
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? I Peter 4:17
It’s time to clean up the house.
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