Thursday, June 20, 2024

Look At People As Broken Instead Of Bad

Luke 17:11-19, “And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

I learned a life changing truth a long time ago from Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001), that we should look at people as broken instead of bad. People need the Lord.

I often am reminded of the true story of ten lepers in the Holy Bible whom Jesus healed of their horrible disease. Few people understand how horrifying having leprosy meant for someone living in history past, before the miracle of modern medicine. ...
For millennia, a diagnosis of leprosy meant a life sentence of social isolation. People afflicted with the condition now known as Hansen’s disease—a bacterial infection that ravages the skin and nerves and can cause painful deformities—were typically ripped from their families, showered with prejudice and cruelly exiled into life-long quarantine.
Jesus in mercy healed these ten afflicted men, Astonishingly, only one bothered to return to thank the dear Savior. Things haven't changed in 2,000 years. People today in 2024 are just as ungrateful, unkind and cold toward people who help them. I gave a homeless African American man $40 and  Gospel of John. He was ungrateful and asked me for more, but I told him that he had enough already.

Those ten lepers were afflicted by something much worse than leprosy, they didn't have the fear of God in their souls. They didn't appreciate the Savior, nor the good things provided to them by God. There is a direct link between one's gratitude toward God and repentance (Romans 2:4). Romans 1:21, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”

But when I think about those ten lepers, I don't view them as bad men; but rather, broken men. American society today is filled with ungrateful sinners who know not God. They don't want the knowledge of God (Romans 1:28). That is why we see nature documentaries on YouTube by atheists who teach that two rocks slammed into each other to form the earth and moon. The Bible plainly teaches that God formed the moon, stars and planets (Psalms 8:3-4). Evolution is a lie of Satan. Astronomy that tries to explain the origin of the earth and universe without God is evil nonsense. Yet, wicked fools teach these baseless lies as if it were a fact of science.

I encourage you dear reader to join me in viewing people as broken rather than bad. When a Rolex watch breaks people don't say it is bad and throw it away. No, they say it is broken and pay to have it repaired. If we view people as being bad, then we tend to write them off. That is not a good attitude to have. However, if we view troublesome people as broken, then we ought to pray for them and seek to help them with a spirit of meekness (Galatians 6:1-2).

We've all been hurt by others. I've heard numerous people talk about how rotten people are these days, and some of them sure are rotten. But if we always keep in mind that they are not right with God, and likely not even saved, then it will compel us to have compassion and love for them. I refuse to hate people. Unsaved people are simply behaving the way they should, like total heathens. As a child of God, I have been redeemed and know better. So, God expects more from me. To whom much is given, of the same much shall be required, the Bible says. I choose to forgive and love people, rather than hate and give up on humanity.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Learn To Be A Friend At Midnight

Luke 11:5-8, “And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.”

A few months ago my x-wife told me that she scolded our adult daughter for quitting church. According to my x-wife our daughter got into an argument with the pastor's wife, and our daughter got her feelings hurt, so she stopped going to church. My x-wife got into an argument with our daughter over the matter and they weren't talking at the time.

I kindly told my x-wife that she needs to learn to become A Friend At Midnight, instead of making matters worse with her big mouth. She didn't like that, but she needed to here it anyway. I learned a long time ago that the worst thing you can do to a person who is having a rough time is to criticize them. Remember, five minutes of praise will do more for a person than a lifetime of criticism. What saith the Scripture? Proverbs 25:20, “As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart. Taking the high ground and browbeating someone who is already down and frustrated, the Bible says is like taking away their coat in sub-zero weather. It is also like pouring vinegar (or alcohol) into an open would. Ouch!

The best thing that you can do when someone is having a bad day, angry, frustrated or down is simply stay quiet and let them talk it out. If you do speak, try to relate to them to comfort them. If someone told me that they quit church, I would immediately let them know that I've been there more times than I can remember. People will do that to you! Scolding someone who has quit church is a sure way to guarantee that they won't come back anytime soon.

It is in our sinful nature to be critical, judgmental and to be hypocritical Pharisees. To be honest, some church people really annoy me! Fundamentalist Baptists are the worst when it comes to being snobs, judgmental and bigots. Pensacola Christian College (PCC) is shameful proof of what I say. You must dot your i's and cross your t's exactly as they do. You must walk a fine line. If you veer even a little bit to the left or to the right, you'll be on the outside looking in before you realize what happened. Sadly, they are a cult at PCC.

A godly church only recognizes the inspired King James Bible as the authority. The pastor's only power is to influence the people with the authority of God's Word. When a man (or group pf men) usurp authority in a church, it has now become a religious cult. That is what's wrong with Mormonism, Seventh-Day Adventism, Church of Christ, Lutheranism, Judaism and the Jehovah's Witnesses (these are all deadly manmade cults).

I decided a long time ago that I am going to be A Friend At Midnight. A friend at midnight always tries to encourage his friend when he or she is down and hurting. If somebody hurts your feelings, I am going to befriend you with comfort, unconditional love and encouraging words. I am going to help bear your burden (Galatians 6:1). And if I think you are wrong, I won't say anything critical. If I believe you need to be rebuked, I won't do it until a few days later. I don't want to force you to choose between your burden and me as your friend.

Pastor Jack Hyles taught me that principle. He said if your teenage son comes home past curfew, you shouldn't scold him when he walks in the door. If you do, you'll force him to choose between the good time he just had, and you. Dr. Hyles recommended to wait until the next day, and I agree. We should be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath (James 1:19).

When I am having a bad day, or a bad week, the last thing I need is for some jerk to make things worse by pouring salt into my emotional wounds. The best friend is one who always tries to encourage you. I have a ministry friend who reads my articles and blogs. He is aware of my bloody spiritual battles with PCC, Bob Jones University, Marty Herron, Jeff Redlin, and the pathetic Harvest Baptist Church on Guam. These are ungodly neo-evangelical phonies and institutions who shame the name of Jesus Christ. My friend has often encouraged me in my fight, sharing his own hurt feelings and wounds because of evil clergy like Chuck Phelps.
I challenge you dear reader to become a friend at midnight to the people in your life. That includes your family, friends and acquaintances. Our text Scripture passage is about a neighbour who came to his neighbour's house at the midnight hour, knocking on his door to beg for a loaf of bread for a friend who stopped by in his long journey. Not many people are a friend at midnight. Nowadays you need to be very careful about who you choose to hang around, because they could land you in prison.

I feel so sorry for that neighbour in Georgia who got into the pickup truck with his neighbour across the street (a father and his adult son). The incident happened in 2020. The father and son saw a young black man running down the street and assumed he was up to no good. So, they grabbed their guns and jumped in their pickup truck to go after him. Their neighbour, William Bryan, just happened to be standing outside in front of his house, so they yelled for him to get in the truck with them, but the poor guy didn't know what was going on, he just trusted his “friends.

Long story short, in a scuffle over a gun the young black man was shot and killed. The father and son got life in prison, and William Bryan got 35 years. It's not fair! William shouldn't have gone to prison. He even testified against his neighbours, for their racist language during the events, but it didn't matter because the kangaroo court crucified him too. Anytime you have Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and a mob of African Americans at the courthouse demanding justice, it's a kangaroo court. Those men didn't stand a chance at fairness.

The sad truth is that hoodlums are committing crimes with impunity all across the country, and there's absolutely nothing you can do about it. People are sick and tired of crime. Those men never should have followed Arbery, but the sad truth is that calling the police doesn't work anymore. The police are effectively useless because of the corrupt court system. I literally recorded a thief in May of 2024 stealing my Amazon delivered package from my front porch, and showed the security video to the police, but they said there's nothing they can do. The video clearly identifies the criminal. But the worthless police told me that since Amazon replaced the stolen item, I am not the victim, Amazon is. What worthless cops! Welcome to the Corrupt States of America. I am really starting to hate this damned country.

The Baptist church that I have been visiting is having a patriotic service soon. I won't be there, because I cannot stomach being patriotic to this cesspool of iniquity anymore. Our government is as corrupt as can be. Americans are as rotten as ever. There is so little love in people anymore. I've been robbed four times in 16 months. I was cheated recently on a banjo that I purchased. The man who built the banjo cost me hundreds of dollars and couldn't have cared less to make things right. So, I returned it for a refund, because he wouldn't do the right thing and fix the poor intonation. He also refused to sell me a different banjo. People just don't care anymore about others. It is so sad. I am at the place where I don't go out my front door anymore unless I absolutely have to, because of how insane society has become in the United States. Staying home sounds good, real good.

I also rarely go out to eat anymore (about twice a year), because of the thieving restaurants that rip you off with 15% gratuity and then expect a 10% tip on top of that. It's as unethical as can be! I hate their greed these days. Even McDonalds has become insane in their ridiculous prices. It cost me $18 for a Big Mac meal and Fish Fillet sandwich. That was a few months ago, and I don't plan to go back for the rest of the year. McDonalds are greedy!

And let me tell you friend, the economy and inflation are going to get MUCH worse. I have known that for the past 20 years, since I first learned about the criminal Federal Reserve banking Ponzi Scheme (since 1913), which is intended to steal wealth from the American people. It is no mere coincidence that the banks force you to slave away for 30 to 40 years to pay off your house's mortgage. They calculated and made it that way! To add insult to injury, our treasonous leaders are complicit to the crimes! That is why they assassinated President John F. Kennedy, because he wanted to pass Executive Order 11110 getting rid of the Federal Reserve. They murdered him first! Add to that mandatory home insurance, mortgage insurance, property taxes, et cetera, and you're financially in the dog house my friend! I digress.

I encourage you to be a friend to your family, neighbours and friends. But in so doing, be very careful whom you choose to hang around as friends, because you could get life in prison if they commit a crime. The old adage is true: Be nice to everybody but trust no one. At a minimum we can all season our words with grace, as the Bible teaches, when somebody is down and needs our words of comfort.

I am reminded of Job in the Old Testament, whose friends were total jerks at the lowest point in his life. ...
Job 16:1-4, “Then Job answered and said, I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all. Shall vain words have an end?  or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest? I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.”
Job's three friends were self righteous hypocrites. They falsely accused him of committing sin that caused his calamity. They accused his children of sinning. They were dead wrong! Instead of being friends at midnight, they were as rotten as could be to Job, pouring burning acid in his deep hurting emotional wounds. Job's ten children had all been killed. Job's wealth was gone. The poor guy lost everything. And then his friends condemned him.

We can learn a very important lesson from Job's horrible friends about WHAT NOT TO DO when your friend is hurting. Don't browbeat people, criticize them or make matters worse by telling them what they should of, could of or would of done. Be a friend at midnight!

A Friend At Midnight

Sunday, June 16, 2024

God Deliver Us From Wicked And Unreasonable Men

2nd Thessalonians 3:1-2, “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.”

I have been sad the past couple days. I had been wanting a professional banjo for a long time. I ordered a Hatfield Buck Creek banjo a couple months ago. I received it on Wednesday. The FedEx driver left the $3,000 banjo sitting on my porch, but didn't knock or let me know it was here. Thankfully, by chance I found it before a thief did. I don't know why Arthur Hatfield didn't require my signature. People are something.

Then I opened the cardboard box with anticipation to see my new dream banjo, but saw that the case was filthy, covered with a thick layer of fine shop dust. Even though that made a bad impression, I let it go, figuring it's just dust that I can wipe off myself.

When I opened the case I was delighted to see a nice handsome looking banjo in a green velvet interior. But when I lifted out the banjo a part fell off. It was a nut that came off the tailpiece. So I removed the pot cover and fastened the nut. I noticed that the tailpiece hadn't been adjusted at all, and was sticking all the way up. So, I adjusted the tailpiece parallel with the banjo head.

I tuned the banjo and went to play it but immediately noticed that the intonation was way off the mark. That is, when you strum the banjo strings open (unfretted) it sounds very nice, but when you fret the strings to play a chord it sounds awful because the distance is incorrect from the nut to the bridge. I spend 4 hours trying to set the bridge in different positions, but nothing worked. When I moved the bridge 1/2" toward the tailpiece, the intonation became accurate on the lower frets, but the higher frets were way out of pitch. When I moved the bridge back slightly, I couldn't get the banjo to have proper intonation, which made it worthless to me.
The Hatfield is the nicest sounding banjo I have ever played (I haven't played many). I have a Recording King Elite 85 with a maple 27 3/8" scale neck. The Hatfield has a standard 26 1/4" scale mahogany neck. The Hatfield sounded MUCH better than my Recording King in tone and resonance. Unfortunately, the best sounding banjo is worthless if it won't play in tune. It was late on Wednesday, so I went to sleep for the night.

Thursday morning I went back to work trying to resolve the intonation problem with the Hatfield. I had purchased a Deering Goodtime Special student banjo earlier this year. When it arrived the bridge was laying sideways. I didn't mind setting the bridge position and intonation, and I did, which took me about 10 minutes and has been very accurate since. The point being that I DO know how to adjust a bridge and set the intonation on a stringed musical instrument. I used to work as a truck mechanic, so I am mechanically inclined. I couldn't get the Hatfield banjo to adjust.

There was also a bad buzz on string four, because the truss rod was too tight. So, I removed the truss rod cover on the headstock and loosened the truss rod, but in the process stabbed my hand on one of the four 1/2" sharp strings ends that Arthur Hatfield carelessly left sticking out on the tuning pegs. Blood was all over my hand. I was frustrated, so I took a photo and sent it to Arthur, to let him know kindly that he needs to trim the string ends in the future at the tuning peg, and not leave them sticking out 1/2" for someone else to cut them self. He got mad at me and at no time ever bothered to apologize for anything. He just wickedly didn't care.
I asked him for any suggestions to remedy the bad intonation, but he didn't want to deal with it and just insisted that I return the banjo to him for a full refund. I was heart broken. I didn't want my money back, I wanted a professional banjo. The guy couldn't have cared less. Like my pastor said a couple months ago in his Sunday morning sermon, the heathens are just doing their job being heathens.

So, yesterday I shipped the Buck Creek banjo back to Arthur Hatfield in Glasgow, Kentucky, but I am very sad. I loved the sound of the banjo, but it was unplayable because of the poor intonation and the builder wasn't willing to make things right with me, except to refund my money. He even horribly rubbed it in my face that he has deposits from three people waiting to buy a Buck Creek banjo from him. I kindly asked him what that had to do with the fact he sent me a defective banjo? What a horrible man.

Well, praise the Lord anyhow. I'm back to square one wanting to purchase a professional banjo. I'm coming along nicely in my banjo practice. I've been making backing tracks for the banjo and freely sharing them with other banjo enthusiasts online.

Lord willing, I plan to make many more backing tracks, and also some banjo recordings at some point down the road. I'm working on learning several songs right now. The progress is slow but rewarding. I enjoy making backing tracks and freely sharing them with other banjo enthusiasts. My favorite banjo artist is Dave Hum (1966-2012). I love this man's music!

Dave had three banjos, a Chinese made Epiphone (Gibson's cheaper banjo line), an Ode banjo (made in the 1970's in Arkansas), and his main banjo that he played 95% of the time, a 1992 ESS (Earl Scruggs's Standard) Gibson banjo. I am in a peculiar situation. I live in Pensacola. Even though it is the deep south, and we do have a few music stores here, they don't sell any high end banjos. So I don't have any way to play different banjos to see which make and model I like and want to purchase. I have to rely on watching YouTube videos and reading reviews online.

That is why I chose to buy a Hatfield Banjo. I had read a bunch of positive comments about Mr. Hatfield and his banjos online, so I am bewildered that the banjo he sent me was so shoddy in quality and that his attitude is so horrible and unwilling to cooperate to work with me to remedy the problem. I had offered to send him more money and swap banjos with a different one with proper intonation, but he was mean and refused. I don't know what his problem is. Evidently his success has gone to his head, like PCC.

Perhaps it is the Bible verses in my email signature. Perhaps he resents me as a Christian and this is really about his anger against Jesus Christ (John 7:7), and has nothing to do with me at all. I'm still scratching my head, wondering what happened (Ephesians 6:12).

When you pay someone $3,000 for a banjo—you don't expect to randomly find it laying on your front porch, and receive it filthy with dust all over the case, and then a part falls off the banjo the first time you pick it up, and it won't play in tune, and the tailpiece hasn't been adjusted, and it has a bad buzz on string four, and then you cut your hand open on a sharp string sticking out trying to adjust the truss rod that the builder failed to do right at his shop, and then the builder gets mad at you when you kindly complain to him. πŸπ’π’… π‘»π’‰π’†π’”π’”π’‚π’π’π’π’Šπ’‚π’π’” πŸ‘:𝟐, “𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 π’˜π’† π’Žπ’‚π’š 𝒃𝒆 π’…π’†π’π’Šπ’—π’†π’“π’†π’… π’‡π’“π’π’Ž 𝒖𝒏𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’˜π’Šπ’„π’Œπ’†π’… π’Žπ’†π’: 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒍𝒍 π’Žπ’†π’ 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒏𝒐𝒕 π’‡π’‚π’Šπ’•π’‰.”

I kindly told Arthur on Thursday that I am praying for him, but emphasized that he did me wrong, and this is all his fault for not doing better quality work. I told him that it seems like he didn't even bother to play the banjo before boxing it up. This is so sad and unfortunate, because I really had my hopes set high to get a nice banjo. 𝑷𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒃𝒔 πŸπŸ‘:𝟏𝟐, “𝑯𝒐𝒑𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒇𝒆𝒓𝒓𝒆𝒅 π’Žπ’‚π’Œπ’†π’•π’‰ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕 π’”π’Šπ’„π’Œ: 𝒃𝒖𝒕 π’˜π’‰π’†π’ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’…π’†π’”π’Šπ’“π’† π’„π’π’Žπ’†π’•π’‰, π’Šπ’• π’Šπ’” 𝒂 𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒆 𝒐𝒇 π’π’Šπ’‡π’†.”

I know it's just a stupid banjo, but I love music. A banjo is a tool to make music. I greatly enjoy playing the banjo, making backing tracks to play along with, and sharing it all with others. Music makes the world a better place! Finding a nice sounding banjo is not easy. I spent $1,795 for my Elite 85 Recording King in 2018. It is a sturdy built banjo with accurate intonation (after I put a compensator bridge on it), but it just doesn't have "that sound" which is coveted by banjo players who desire great tone, like I do.

The Hatfield has a beautiful tone, but without good intonation it was worthless to me, so I reluctantly returned it to banjo hell where it came from. My Deering Goodtime Special I paid $1,099 for earlier this year. It has excellent intonation for a student model. That banjo doesn't even have a truss rod, because the neck is made of hard rock maple. Yet, the intonation is very accurate. The pot is made of violin grade maple. The Goodtime Special has a tone ring inside the pot, and the sound quality is very nice, but not near as exceptional in resonance as the Hatfield Buck Creek was. I've never had the opportunity to play a Gibson, Huber, Deering Golden Era or Calico, Nechville Phantom, Stelling or other $5,000 plus banjos.

I have learned that the average going price today for a great mandolin, Dobro or Banjo is about $5,000. The Dad of the Gospel Bluegrass group from Texas that comes to our church each October to perform at our 3-day revival (my favorite event of the year), showed me his new Dobro in 2022 which cost him $8,000. Great fluffy biscuits in the morning! He sure plays it sweetly. I bought a Gold Tone solid mahogany body Dobro last year for $2,000, which included a Nashville pickup system installed. I love the beautiful quality sound that the Dobro has. I love stringed musical instruments.

Lord willing, I need a quality mandolin after I get a I'm getting my one man band together. I've been playing a cheap Donner mandolin (a boat anchor), but it's good to learn on. The mandolin I think I'll buy is the Eastman MD505 which comes with a hardshell case for $849 (not a bad deal). It has a solid spruce top. It lists at Eastman for $1,199. If you're not into music you likely won't understand spending insane amounts of money for musical instruments, but if you love making music and want great tone then you know those instruments are worth every single penny. A professional American made mandolin costs about $5,000. A quality ukulele made of koa wood can easily cost $5,000.

That's crazy! Thankfully, there are cheaper high quality Chinese imports like Eastman. Due to the insanely high cost of musical instruments, rising inflation and the struggling U.S. economy, in the future we will see many more Chinese imports in music stores.

I am content with what the Lord has given me over the years. I dropped and cracked my $130 Cort acoustic guitar last month, but it is my favorite guitar, because it plays easy and sounds very organic (natural wood without a lacquer coating to deaden the sound). I bought it locally at Guitar Center in 2022.

Anyway, I was very sad for the past few days because the banjo I had hoped to play for the rest of my life turned out to be a LEMON. But the good thing is that when (Lord willing) I do finally get a great banjo, I will appreciate it all that much more. Dave Hum was a skilled musician on mandolin, harmonica, bongos, guitar and banjo. I don't think he ever played the Dobro or steel guitar. Steel guitar will always be my favorite instrument to hear and play.
I'm okay on mandolin and banjo, but getting better as I play. I've been trying to play the banjo each day, depending on how my neck pain feels. I rarely feel like doing anything due to my constant chronic neck pain and burning nerves. The good thing is that acquired skills on one instrument carry over to others. So, as I increase my dexterity, speed and accuracy playing single note scales on the mandolin, it helps me also play the banjo better (and vise versa).

Having said all that, please pray for God to help me with my sadness. I keep telling myself that it was only a banjo, but it sure sounded nice. It just wasn't playable because of the poor intonation. I asked the Lord today to please give me a wonderful sounding banjo in Heaven. I had prayed for the Lord to make this Hatfield banjo a special one, and it was, but not in the way that I had God knows what He is doing and I trust Him though He slay me (Job 13:15).

It is not the Lord's fault that Arthur Hatfield took my money and didn't take the necessary time to make sure that my banjo was Kosher, ready to play and accurate in intonation. He didn't do a good job at all, which is sad and pathetic. Mr. Hatfield said he'll refund my money, and I have no doubt that he will, but we'll see. Albeit, even if he does return my money, I still lost over $200 in shipping costs because of his incompetence, and he wasted a lot of my time. That is what a wicked and unreasonable man does! 2nd Thessalonians 3:1-2, “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.” The hardest thing that I deal with in life is rotten people.

One of the most comforting Scripture passages I've ever read is found in John 16:22, “And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” I read that Bible verse about 24 years ago and wrote it on the inside of my toolbox at work, to help me cope with hostile co-workers who persecuted me as a Christian. The dear Lord promises that one day when He return, no man will ever take away our joy again. Thousands of times throughout my life my day has been ruined by another human being. Case in point was what Arthur Hatfield did to hurt me this past week.

What saith the Scripture? Matthew 18:2-6, “And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” The dear Savior clearly intended this passage to apply to little boys and girls, but He specifically applies it to those who “believe in me,” that is, the redeemed saints. Woe be unto the person that offends a child of God. Woe be unto Arthur Hatfield!

One of my favorite quotes by Pastor Jack Hyles is: 
“The most important job is the one that doesn't get done.”
Thank you for reading about my sad heart. It's been a down few days for me, because I had such high hopes to finally have a great banjo. But I rejoice that my name is written in Heaven (Luke 10:20). God is so good and I count my many blessings. Jesus is precious!

Friday, June 14, 2024

It's 10 PM, Do You Know Where Your Pastor Is At?

1st John 4:1, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

There was a popular Tv news slogan decades ago that is still legendary today: “It's 10 PM, do you know where your children are?”...

The history of It's 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?

I would like to apply the same question to you dear reader regarding your pastor. It's 10 PM, do you know where your pastor is at? In other words, do you know what he believes doctrinally? Do you care? Do you know enough about the inspired Word of God to discern if your pastor is teaching you false doctrine, lies and deceptions?

I cannot find one passage of Scripture that commands believers to “Search the pastor,” but Jesus did command us to “Search the Scriptures.” John 5:39, Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Another one of my favorite passages of Scripture is found in Acts 17:10-11, “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Carefully notice that the group whom the Apostle Paul scolded for not studying the Bible was the Thessalonicans. In 2nd Thessalonians 2:1-5, Paul is addressing a debate that had erupted among their church group over the timing of Christ's return. Notice what Paul said in 2nd Thessalonians 2:5, “Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? This is a rhetorical question. The implication is that they in fact DIDN'T remember what Paul had taught them. The Thessalonicans were not diligent to search the Scriptures.

With this disturbing truth in mind, I would like to appeal to you dear reader not to merely go along with whatever your pastor teaches you. What if he is wrong? What if he is a theological liar? He may be completely sincere, but still be very wrong in his teachings. You are likely familiar with the unsaved religious group which Jesus rebuked in Matthew chapter seven:
Matthew 7:21-23, “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.”

The most frightening thing that they said is the phrase, “have we not prophesied in thy name?” That is, they taught others! These hellbound false prophets were sincere. Proverbs 16:25, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” They followed Christ as their Lord, calling Him “Lord, Lord.” (There's your Lordship Salvation crowd in the Bible.) They did not just a few, but “many” good works. Yet, they were horrified when Jesus told them, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

It saddens me to read that these hellbound false prophets with their damnable heresy, had spent their lives teaching others the same Satanic lies, thus leading them into Hell. Beware of anyone who deceptively tells you that to get to Heaven you must turn from your sinful ways, follow Christ as “Lord of your life, get water baptized, forsake a lifestyle of sinning, become a disciple of Jesus, or anything else that constitutes WORKS.

Biblical salvation requires only that you realize you are a guilty sinner (Romans 3:19-20), and by faith receive Christ's sacrifice on the cross as full payment for your sins, believing that He was buried but then raised up physically from the dead three days later. This is “the gospel” (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). There are many liars, wolves in sheep's clothing in church pulpits today.

I'm talking about most Independent Baptist Churches and nearly all neo-evangelical churches. Beware of the deadly Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and their Lordship Salvation heresy. Beware of Pacific Garden Mission's deadly UNSHACKLED radio program, who propagate the Devil's lie of Lordship Salvation.

Good works are not the payment for sin, the payment for sin is death.

Salvation is not a reward for the righteous, it is a gift for the guilty!

Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith.

Turning away from sinful ways would be a work. Faith puts all of the merit where it belongs, on the object of our faith, Jesus and His work.

If to “repent” means to forsake our sinful ways TO BE SAVED, but Jesus already paid for our sins by dying on the cross, then what are we repenting from?

The true Gospel always points you to CHRIST; a false gospel always points to YOU.

Please don't ever give any pastor your brain Carte Blanche. No pastor should be idolized with blind trust, which is how cults get started. The only authority in a local church should be the inspired Holy Bible. When a man or men usurp authority, and the congregation let's him (them) do it, you now have a religious cult instead of a New Testament church.

We must search the Scriptures ourselves to verify what a pastor is preaching and teaching. Is it biblical, or a manmade commandment. For example: I've heard pastors all my life browbeat people that they owe God a 10% tithe, yet you won't find any such commandment in the New Testament for believers today. Covetous clergy fabricate that deception to get your money.

You've likely heard umpteen preachers require you to “turn from your sinful ways” if you want to be saved and go to Heaven. Yet, no such commandment is found in the inspired King James Bible (the Devil's corrupt modern Bible revisions add those lies). Lies, lies and more lies will be found in 99% of churches today!!!

You must do your own homework friend, so that you can know THE TRUTH directly from God's inspired Word, lest you end up in the Lake of Fire (because you believed a corrupt plan of salvation by some lying neo-evangelical Baptist pastor, Catholic priest, Lutheran minister or Jewish rabbi). Right doctrine matters! 1st John 4:1, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” It's 10 PM, do you know where your pastor is at?

America's Ungodly Zionist Churches

Galatians 3:26-29, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Today's churches in the United States disgust me, and I know they disgust God. The churches are pathetic today. I am ashamed to be called an American these days. Since October  of 2023, Israel's monstrous government has murdered 37,616 innocent Palestinian people in Gaza. I have heard countless loved ones of dead victims in Gaza crying out, “We have nothing to do with Hamas!” Israel is punishing a group of innocent people in retribution for what evil Hamas has done. I do not support Hamas, God forbid. But I also do not support Israel's rampage against innocent families who have done nothing to hurt anyone.

Sadly, most of the murdered Palestinians have been defenseless woman and children. All of the families in Gaza are defenseless. Israel has murdered 37,616 innocent Palestinians with impunity and immunity. It is wickedness! There is no justice, only cruel vengeance and hatred from Israel. God will punish Israel's leaders and citizens who rally behind them in these senseless murders. The life of a Palestinian human being means absolutely nothing to cold-hearted Israeli leaders and soldiers, because those thugs do not know Jesus Christ, they gleefully reject Him as the Messiah. Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu is a demon-possessed racist monster, a human piece of trash, who will one day get what he deserves when almighty God casts him into the depths of a burning Hell forever (Revelation 20:11-15).

Having said that, I am sick and tired of our ungodly stupid American churches. There is something wrong with a carnal pastor and complicity church congregation who wickedly support the manmade nation of Israel, idolizing them allegedly as “God's chosen people,” while completely despising the Arab people and disregarding the slaughter of 37,616 in Gaza as a form of justice. You are a wicked fool if you support Israel, and if you in any way think that those 37,616 Palestinians deserved by be murdered. The evil that Israel is committing is textbook genocide!

I DO NOT STAND WITH ISRAEL, and shame on you as a Christian if you do. I thank God for Bible preachers like Pastor Chuck Baldwin in Montana, who has exposed Israel for trying to Erase Palestine (preached by Pastor Baldwin in November of 2023). I stand with the innocent people in Palestine, but not Hamas. It is a crying shame that thousands of U.S. college students had to speak up in support of the Palestinians victims, and demand for U.S. universities to stop funding the ungodly nation of Israel, while America's pastors remained eerily silent.

What is wrong with preachers today? I'm not staying silent. I am not a coward like they are. Tragically, most Baptist pastors couldn't care less about what Israel is doing to murder a bunch of innocent people. I care because God cares! And of the pastors that do speak up about the massacre in Gaza, they wickedly support heathen Israel, brainwashed by Zionist propaganda originating back to Cyrus I. Scofield's (1843-1921) Zionist heresies in the despicable Scofield Reference Bible.

Some upset people have asked me why Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001) chose to exclusively use the Scofield Reference Bible at the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana. I do not know why, but it is obvious that effectively Dr. Hyles supported manmade Israel, or else he would not have promoted a wicked Zionist publication. In that regard, I respectfully disagree with Brother Hyles. No Christian should support manmade Zionism. No pastor should endorse the Scofield Reference Bible.

Mr. Scofield was a wicked man who was recruited by the Luciferian Rothschilds to help prepare the religious world for the coming preplanned Holocaust, that would be used as a pretext to invade Palestine with the military and steal the homes of one million Arab families, who had lived peacefully in Palestine for centuries before. The world felt sympathy for the Jews after the Holocaust, so they stood back idly as one million Arabs were defrauded of their homes and many even of their lives. You cannot blame the Palestinians for hating Israel for what they have done to them. Present-day Israel is a counterfeit.

I fully agree with Pastor Chuck Baldwin scolding America's shameful pastors and churches for wickedly supporting ungodly manmade Israel...

Why Christians Must LEAVE Christian Zionist Churches Before God Can Again Bless America
God Himself has rejected Israel since 586 BC because of their idolatry with other gods. Israel today in 2024 is even worse! Less than 2% profess faith in Jesus as the Messiah, and that includes all of the pseudo-Christian cults. Manmade Israel is NOT the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Unsaved, Christ-rejecting, Jews are NOT God's chosen people (Romans 2:28-29). Only born-again believers, Jews and Gentiles alike, are of the true seed of Abraham (Galatians 3:26-29).

Please do not be deceived dear reader. It is a sin to support the wicked nation of Israel today, whom God Himself has rejected for thousands of years. True Israel will not exist again until the Israelites repent toward God and trust in Jesus as their Messiah (Hosea 3:4-5). Israel today is no different than any other heathen nation, and as Christians we ought not praise, support nor rally behind Israel's ungodly genocide in Gaza.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

ALLAH — The Greatest Deceiver of Them All!

The religious myth of Allah is a cruel hoax which has been perpetuated upon the Muslim world for millenniums.

How can the Prophet Muhammad be a prophet if he has no prophecy? The Quran contains no prophecy at all, whereas the King James Bible contains 31% prophecy.

The Quran unashamedly calls Muhammad’s god the best liar and deceiver of them all!

According to the despicable Quran, God has no son; but the inspired Holy Bible teaches that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16). Islam says that Allah has no son, but the true and living God does have a biological Son, and His name is Jesus.

The Quran describes Allah as the best deceiver there is, a liar who is not above using the same evil and wicked schemes of his opponents.

For example: the Quran calls Allah a makr, in fact the best makr there is:
But they (the Jews) were deceptive, and Allah was deceptive, for Allah is the best of deceivers (Wamakaroo wamakara Allahu waAllahu khayru al-makireena)! S. 3:54; cf. 8:30
Other texts that identify Allah as a makr include:
Are they then secure from Allah's deception (makra Allahi)? None deemeth himself secure from Allah's deception (makra Allahi) save folk that perish. S. 7:99
So, they schemed a scheme: and We schemed a scheme (Wamakaroo makran wamakarna makran), while they perceived not. S. 27:50.

The word for deception/ deceiver/ scheme is makr. The lexical sources define the term as:
Miim-Kaf-Ra = To practice deceit or guile or circumvention, practice evasion or elusion, to plot, to exercise art or craft or cunning, act with policy, practice stratagem.
makara vb. (1)
perf. act. 3:54, 3:54, 7:123, 13:42, 14:46, 16:26, 16:45, 27:50, 40:45, 71:22
impf. act. 6:123, 6:123, 6:124, 8:30, 8:30, 8:30, 10:21, 12:102, 16:127, 27:70, 35:10
n.vb. 7:99, 7:99, 7:123, 10:21, 10:21, 12:31, 13:33, 13:42, 14:46, 14:46, 14:46, 27:50, 27:50, 27:51, 34:33, 35:10, 35:43, 35:43, 71:22
pcple. act. 3:54, 8:30

LL, V7, p: 256 (Source)
He practised DECEIT, GUILE, or CIRCUMVENTION, desiring to do another a foul, an abominable, or an evil action, clandestinely or without his knowing whence it proceeded. (Lane’s Arabic-English Lexicon; source)
Lest Muslims accuse these lexicons of bias or distortion notice what Muslim scholar Dr. Mahmoud M. Ayoub says when he asks,
"how the word makr (scheming or plotting), which implies deceitfulness or dishonesty, could be attributed to God." (The Quran and Its Interpreters – The House of Imran [State University of New York Press [SUNY], Albany 1992], Volume II, p. 165; italic emphasis ours)
After listing several Muslim sources he quotes a renowned Muslim expositor named ar-Razi who wrote that,
"scheming (makr) is actually an act of deception aiming at causing evil. It is not possible to attribute deception to God. Thus the word is one of the muttashabihat [multivalent words of the Quran]." (Ibid., p. 166; italic emphasis ours)
Unfortunately for ar-Razi, the Quran attributes deception to Allah since it identifies him as the best makr there is.

Ayoub also sources one Muslim who actually boasted of Allah being the best conniver/deceiver/schemer et cetera.
"Qurtubi observes that some scholars have considered the words ‘best of schemers’ to be one of God’s beautiful names. Thus one would pray, ‘O Best of Schemers, scheme for me!’ Qurtubi also reports that the Prophet used to pray, ‘O God, scheme for me, and do not scheme against me!’ (Qurtubi, IV, pp. 98-99; cf. Zamakhshari, I, p. 366)." (Ibid., p. 166)
And here, also, is how one of the earliest sources on the life of Muhammad interpreted Q. 8:30:
Then he reminds the apostle of His favour towards him when the people plotted against him 'to kill him, or to wound him, or to drive him out; and they plotted and God plotted, and is the best of plotters.' i.e. I DECEIVED them with My firm GUILE so that I delivered you from them. (The Life of Muhammad: A Translation of Ibn Ishaq's Sirat Rasul Allah, with introduction and notes by Alfred Guillaume [Oxford University Press, Karachi, Tenth impression 1995], p. 323; capital emphasis ours)
Thus, the Quran unashamedly calls Muhammad’s god the best liar and deceiver of them all! I love Muslim people; which is why I must expose Islam as a fraud and Muhammad as a liar. John 8:44 calls Satan the father of all liars. The Quran calls Allah the deceiver of all deceivers. They sound like the same person to me. They're both lying, deceiving, cutthroat scoundrels. Allah is a fraud. Muhammad was a false prophet who worshipped the moon.

Kindly but truthfully said, Islam is of the Devil! John 14:6, 
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Fools Consider Bacteria On Mars “Life,” But Not A Baby On Earth

Romans 1:22-23, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”

The world has always been a wicked place (1st John 5:19). One of the most hideous of all sins is abortion, which according to the inspired Holy Bible is cold-blooded, first-degree, cruel, premeditated murder. I like what the state of Tennessee has been doing now for several years. By law in Tennessee a doctor is required to let a mother hear the heartbeat of her living baby in the womb, before she can get an abortion. The purpose is to ensure that the mother fully understands that she is killing a living human being. No doubt some mothers have changed their mind about getting an abortion. And may I kindly say, having an abortion doesn't make a woman unpregnant, it just makes her the mother of a dead baby. Abortion is evil.

Some of the smartest people on earth work at NASA, the space agency. According to news from NASA on February 28, 2001, bacterial life once existed on Mars...
Scientists Find Evidence of Ancient Microbial Life on Mars
“An international team of researchers has discovered compelling evidence that the magnetite crystals in the martian meteorite ALH84001 are of biological origin.” —SOURCE
Yet, ungodly liberals, kooks and selfish Americans (including our incompetent U.S. Supreme Court) wickedly insist that a living human being in the womb is not a person. Go figure! Heathen liberals consider bacteria on Mars “
life, but not a baby on earth.

NASA doesn't impress me for supposedly being such smart people. Case in point is their official position that the moon formed by two rocks colliding billons of years ago. Really? Is that the best that NASA can come up with? You've got to be kidding. This is like a new episode of The Outer Limits. Shame on NASA for being atheists.

It is tragic and utter hypocrisy that ungodly liberals, kooks and selfish narcissists think a living baby in the womb is not life. If the child were not alive, then butchers wouldn't need to murder it, robbing a human being of his or her precious life. If someone thinks that bacteria on a distant planet is life, but a child in the womb is not, that individual is a wicked person. Please take a stand with me against the evils of abortion. Every born-again believer should make their voice known, letting the world know that they are a child of God who is against abortion. Nobody has to wonder where I stand as a Christian on the issues. Jesus is precious!!!

Job 20:5, “That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?”

Look At People As Broken Instead Of Bad

Luke 17:11-19, “ And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.  And as he entered i...