Dear Beachside a Family and Friends,
Every day that passes it becomes even more evident that our culture is under assault. Forces both within, and without our nation are determined to destroy our heritage and the principles which have made our nation great. President Ronald Reagan once said "America is not good because she is great, she is great because she is good." Thirty years after this proclamation, we find the very foundation of our goodness challenged by the erosion of our once prominent Judeo – Christian values.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the church itself. In an attempt to remain "culturally relevant", we have strayed from the teachings of the Word of God and replaced them with our better "more inclusive" ideas. Only three decades ago it would be unheard of to accept the practice of homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual lifestyles in the church. Overwhelmed by the desire to remain "relevant" and non-judgmental, many who say they are Christians advocate for gay marriage, sex changes and gender redefinition. As to the latter, do we now assume that God was confused when he made us? That He created us with the wrong body? Or do we simply believe that God has given us the power to choose what sex we belong to? No doubt interesting questions for today's culture, but answered by God in Isaiah 29:18 "You are confused.You think the clay is equal to the potter. You think that an object can tell the one who made it, “You didn’t make me.”This is like a pot telling its maker, “You don’t know anything.”
Goodness does not originate with men. In Mark 10:18 Jesus said "only God is good." Men are not inherently good, but when they connect with God, he changes their very nature and places His goodness inside them. This is not a transformation that takes place through religion, but only through a relationship with the Creator. There is only one way into a relationship with God, and it has nothing to do with what men think or feel about Him. It has everything to do with what God says. Jesus ended all speculation about a relationship with God when he said in John 14:26 "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by me."
In order to recover our culture and return our nation to the values it was founded upon, we must clearly embrace good, and turn from evil. We must call our nation to repentance, and it must begin with those who say they are Christians. Do we wish to be "relevant" to this world, or relevant to God? We can never change this world by embracing its' departure from God and His Word. The power to be truly relevant comes only from the presence of the Word of God in our churches and our lives, not the absence of it. Jesus quoted the prophet Isaiah when he said "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God." (Matt 15:8-9)
The modern church has become just as religious as the church my generation rejected. We have come to believe that coffee and a concert is true worship, and that the Bible cannot be relied upon because it offends those who choose to live lives contrary to its' teachings. Only a relationship with Jesus offers eternal life. A relationship with a church or a small group cannot save us: Our better ideas cannot help us or others. The solution for our nation and our lives is simple. We must accept Jesus as the only way into a relationship with God, turn from our sins, and accept the Bible as the Authority in the lives of men. Let us once again be good because God is good.
I know revival is coming, and I am excited about what God is doing. Join me in pursuing the Word of God and putting Jesus first place in our lives. Change is coming to our nation, and to the world. When Jesus returns, will He find us faithful to His Word? Something to think about!