The day slavery would’ve ended

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William Wilberforce, the man who made the largest impact in abolishing slavery from England, is a hero to many because of the lives he saved. But, what many people do not know, is that slavery would have been abolished much earlier.

Wilberforce had been working for years to get an anti-slavery bill passed through the House of Commons. Finally, after all that work, he had the opportunity. In order for the bill to pass he needed a majority vote and after talking with his allies, he knew that he had just that.

The day came. This would be the day that slavery was abolished. But, as Wilberforce looked around the room, he noticed several of his allies missing. The anti-slavery bill was presented and was outvoted. Later on, Wilberforce found out what had happened.

Several of his allies had decided to take the day off. Some went to the local theatre because they had heard a spectacular play was going to be performed. Others sat at home and relaxed in their luxurious estates, deciding that today was a good day to take a rest. A few others decided to start their vacation. Every one of the missing men were out relaxing, vacationing or entertaining themselves while a bill to save thousands of live slipped through their fingers.

That is what happens when people who know to do good do nothing.

As humans, we have a stellar ability to look back at our forefathers and be astonished at the things they did and allowed, like slavery. We have no problem saying how terrible those things are and that we would never do things like that today. We all know and believe that slavery was such a terrible thing, I wonder what we are going to think about all the babies we have killed through abortion after it is abolished?

Good enough

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You show me a man who has committed his entire life to God. I mean 100% fully committed in every area of life and you will be showing me a man who still does not deserve heaven.

We really get caught up these days in checking ourselves against some imaginary standard of “I’m good enough.”

I know I have fallen prey to it. We may not think those exact words. They may sound more like, “I sure am glad I am not that bad.” Or,”at least I am not that bad.”

They all have the same underlying message: ” I’m not all that bad. God has accepted people way worse than me.”

One of my favorite preachers, Adrian Rogers, use to say that the Ten Commandments were like 10 links in a chain. Now imagine that you are hanging over a lake of lava and those 10 links are the only thing holding you from falling into that fiery lake.

Imagine if just one of those links broke. You would fall into the lava. It doesn’t matter which one or how badly it was broken. If one of them broke you would fall in.

That is how sin is. It doesn’t matter which one we break or how badly broken it is. If we break one, then we are just as bad off as if we broke them all. God sees sin as sin.

Yes, there are varying degrees of punishment of sin, and there are sins God hates more, but it is still sin. Think about that the next time you think what you have done isn’t “all that bad.”

Get out of there, man!

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Not too long ago, I saw someone ask a question on a business forum. The question went something like this:

My wife is not very supportive of my business I am running. She doesn’t take an interest in it and doesn’t like it when I talk about it. What should I do?

There were a few comments saying that they needed to talk it out, show the importance of the business, make compromises, etc. But, what shocked and disappointed me, was the rampant amount of people saying:

Get out of that relationship, man!

If she doesn’t respect your work, leave her!

Life is too short to be in that relationship, run as fast as you can away from her!

This was very disheartening.

We are raising a culture that is obsessed with instant gratification. If they can’t have it now and easy, they are out. This isn’t just rampant in the “young, new generation”. This is invading the entire culture. I know several adults and seniors who are obsessed with instant gratification. This is very clear in relationships.

Only about 30% of the divorces that occur in the US are enacted because of adultery. That means that over 500,000 divorces in the US alone are because of issues not related to adultery. To read more about adultery being the only accepted reason for divorce, please see click here. In fact, according to research done by over 190 CDFA professionals, 43% of divorces were because of “basic incompatibility”.

Basic incompatibility covers a wide range of reasons, none of which could not be worked out with some work, time and care. But, unfortunately, our culture praises a quick “get away” and “live your life for you” mentality. This is truly sad.

Wolves among sheep

Jesus made it pretty clear: “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.”

There are wolves and sheep. If you are not a sheep, you are a wolf. Period. Something that really confuses and stirs a righteous anger within me, is when churches invite wolves onto the pulpit of their church. I have worked with someone in the past who says they are a Christian but none of their works show it, in fact, they show quite the opposite. But, when he wants to go speak at a church, they will have him come right up onto the pulpit and talk. In fact, not too long ago, I heard how the church had invited him and dozens of non-Christian kids to the church to hear him speak.

Since when do shepherds open the gates to hordes of wolves?

Churches, pastors, fellow brothers and sisters, we need to stop this. We need to stop welcoming wolves among the sheep! Especially letting them lead the sheep! A wolf only leads one way: back to its pack. Whether that person has “good” intentions or not, they will follow their fallen human nature and bring destruction.

We need to have strict restrictions on who is allowed to teach in our churches. The places where Christians look to be fed the Truth of God. Instead, we are bringing people up who will only preach destruction into the congregation! This needs to stop. Stop letting the wolves lead!