Open letter to "Christians"

Dear Carnal Christian, I wanted to write this open letter with loving kindness toward you. You are the "Christian" who believes its okay to live close to the edge, with sin rampant in your life. ..yet you continue on the road to destruction, while believing you're headed to heaven. You go to church, on occasion, and your friend who is just like you, is there almost every week. She's just there more often, and she holds her hands up during the music, because everyone else does, but she's just like you. You both have those chrome fish on your car because it's cool and your radio tuned into that Christian music station with the music that boasts of what man can do to better himself on his own, or in concert with God. You found a church that doesn't have crosses hanging around or a preacher that doesn't harp at you about sin or tithing. Heck, you may even go to one of those big churches that hold up a paraphrase Bible, and recite that "it says what it says you are". It sure does.. It says you are a fraud. That church is always after your money, because they say if you bless God with your wallet, He will open a window of heaven and pour blessings all over you. Another lie from the pit of hell.

I bet you made a resolution this year saying you were going to better yourself and try to go to church more often. You just don't realize yet, that its not church that saves you from going to hell. You might not even believe in hell, no matter what the Bible says about it. Regardless, you want to go back to church again because it's "the right thing" to do. You say that it makes you feel good when you go. But, you're going for yourself, or your spouse, or your family members who go 'religiously', even though they live like hell too from day to day. It's too bad that church doesn't make you right with God either, because every hypocrite that goes wouldn't have a care in the world. You might even be looking for a church where they let you dress however you want. Even the girls there dress like they're going to the club. The preacher sure does! He's cool too. He has a cool hair style, and wears the same shirt you bought from Aeropostle, so you know he's hip. Hip to how to get you to trust him. What a snake..

One thing is for sure though, you prayed a little prayer one day and "accepted Jesus into your heart". Or wrsenyet, you said "yes" as the preacher prayed a little prayer for you. Well, here's a little wake up call for you, my friend.. I implore you to read "What does it mean to be saved?" if you have not. I pray that you trust the Spirit of God to lead the way.
One of my BFF's (best forgiven friends), in this entire world is Ivey Connerly aka IV Hisson. He has a song on his 'Justice System' album feat. Big Phil, called "You say.." It talks about people who believe they are Christians, and it exposes what they hide behind or cling to rather than Jesus. People believe they are saved because of a little prayer they said or didn't say, while the preacher prayed it for them while they bowed their heads in church. There was never a real change in their life, and they haven't a clue. They say their a Christian but they live in the flesh with no sorrow over their own sin. They are Christian on Sunday, or so they think, because they go to church and then live like hell through the rest of the week. This is carnality. It's not possible to be Christian and carnal. That's why I wrote Carnal Christian in italics to begin the post. The Bible says in Romans chapter 8,
For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Do you honestly think that if you were living carnally or in the flesh, that you are truly saved from the wrath of God? If you are living life to please yourself and remain with the same old friends doing the same old things then you are likely fooling yourself, because you are a false convert. The Apostle John says that a person with the mind on worldly things rather than holy things, doen't have the love of the Father in him - 1John 2:15-16
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life[a]—is not from the Father but is from the world.
 The mark of a true Christian and proof that the gospel has changed that person and they are being sanctified, set apart and growing closer to Jesus is the simple fact that they are living holy. When you live holy, you make it a point to get the worldly things out of your life. You purge yourself of all the corruption in your life, in thought and deed. You confess your sins daily to Jesus, in prayer. You call on the Holy Spirit to fill you and give you discernment to know His word. You read His word and you pray to God. Most of all, you're grieved by your sin so you ask God for the gift of repentance. The God given ability to turn from sin, deny yourself, and honor God with what is left of your life. Be a living scrifice, holy and acceptable to him. Both Paul and Peter tell us to strive to be Holy. 

PAUL says in Romans 12:
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.[b] Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.[d]
PETER says in his first epistle:
13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action,[a] and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

You could argue that Christ's imputed righteousness upon you makes you holy or righteous in the eyes of the Lord, and I would agree, because that is in the word. 2Cor 5:21.
That's not what I'm talking about here. Those who are truly saved, do indeed have His imputed righteousness, and will see the kingdom of heaven (Romans 8:1). I want you to search yourself though, and if the Holy Spirit is within you, you would want to be honest with yourself and committed to Jesus. Truly believing as in James 1:21-22 and crying out to God, thru prayer, begging for mercy and the gift of repentance...turning from self towards Jesus.
In conclusion, I leave you with two passages combined together. I would love you to be certain of your salvation. Turn from sin, which means to repent, and live holy to the glory of God. Read the Bible, and do what it says.
Grace, Len

18 w Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. 19 For this is a gracious thing, when, x mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But y if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21 For z to this you have been called, y because Christ also suffered for you, a leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 b He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 c When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, d but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24 e He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we f might die to sin and g live to righteousness. h By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For i you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to j the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 26 For d if we go on sinning deliberately e after receiving the knowledge of the truth, f there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 g but a fearful expectation of judgment, and h a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28 iAnyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy jon the evidence of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one k who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned l the blood of the covenant m by which he was sanctified, and has n outraged the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, o “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, p “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 q It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.


I was reading the headlines concerning Christianity today, when I came across an article in the Huffington Post. I clipped this from the article, because it piqued my interest. I have an opinion to this excerpt, but I was curious to what you think? Take a look at this excerpt and tell me how you feel..
Denominations - It is estimated that there are as many as 38,000 Christian denominations in the world today. For many, their distinction from others like them are so minute that even the members within a given denomination can't tell you what makes them unique. And if you ask those outside of the Christian faith, these divisions not only seem irrelevant; they are part of the reason they have little or no interest in being a part of the Christian faith. Why, after all, would someone heed the call to community and reconciliation from a faith that is so desperately fractured and fragmented that few of our denominations are really sustainable any more? Our administrative systems are still top-heavy from the good old days when we needed more governance to keep a sense of order, identity and to allocate resources efficiently. But with the trend toward personal and local autonomy taking hold in many Christian communities, there is increasingly less of a reason to keep such hierarchic corporate structures on life support any more.
I agree that the perception is negative from a nonbeliever's point of view, or from what I so affectionately call "the cheap seats" in the title of this post.. It even looks "desperately fractured" from the view of some believers as well. In fact, some would agree with the author that the church today looks pretty dismal. However, I know that what the author sees as negative, is, in fact, positive. Christ warned us, and as well, the Apostle Paul taught us that this would happen, and what we should do or how we should act. We are taught in the Bible to avoid being of the world. The church looks pretty divided from the cheap seats, but is it?? Are we, the true believers divided? In theology, perhaps there are some disagrements. We can't all be right when it comes to doctrine. What does the Bible say? Are we to fit in? Are we called to love the world or those in the world? I have had differences with so called brothers, recently in fact, over doctrine. However, there is but one doctrine...that the Bible is inerrant, and if what you believe isn't 100% biblical, then your "dictrine" is heresy. Therefore, your theology is heresy too. I believe the author sees something different here. It's not a matter of doctrine, but as he puts it, 'denomination'. While doctrines do vary with denomination (as heresy varies from truth), I think the author doesn't see the trees for the forest here.. The author's main question is, "Why, after all, would someone heed the call?"... I know what the Bible says. The Bible is our authority. By the way, I've never read the word denomination in the Bible, in any language. Anyway, how do you answer the author from the Huffington Post? Grace.


"If good and evil exist, then God exists!"

Peter Kreeft, Religion/Philosophy Department of Prager University: Defending the faith. An argument for morality from the Christian Worldview. Morality must be Supernatural, therefore there must be a "Moral Law Giver", namely, God.


Wow! Mel Blanc...One of the greats, for sure! One of my favorite voices Mel originated was the Tasmanian Devil. He did the voice of from 1954-1989. Long time ago, my mother nicknamed me Taz, because I went into an angry spinning frenzy when provoked, and also because I ate everything you threw in front of me! Even at age 45, some of my friends still call me Taz to this day. ..and yes, I answer to it.
The new cartoons are nothing like they used to be. I would watch the Looney Tunes every Saturday morning Certainly not a Christian cartoon, but there's nothing wrong with some good clean fun imho. This is a clip from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992) where the late, great, Johnny Carson interviews the late, great, Mel Blanc. Enjoy!


Wow, Wow, Wow!
One of my favorite gospel songs done in such an amazing way, that I had to share it with you all.
I was preparing for a small group study and reading through The Holiness of God by RC Sproul; and in the back, it has a hymn that he and another man wrote. I was looking through Youtube seeking that hymn and came across this rendition done by the "UF Trio". I'm only about 40mi from The Swamp (UF), and I would have loved to been there live, but this is the next best thing.
Grace and peace, and I hope this moves you as it has moved me.

PS - I posted on the original video, that the little lady behind the singers was moving in sync with my feelings inside, and also that I loved the riff at 3:11. - Grace