We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Haiti 2

If you didn’t read the previous blog on Haiti, Katrina, Tsunami, and Towers, it would help to read that first before this addition. What you have not heard in the news is that prior to the earthquake, Haiti had more missionaries and pastors per capita than any other place in the world. In fact it is known and has been heard often that when a plane lands in Haiti, half of it is filled with missionaries! It would appear that God was preparing for this event long in advance, just as he did during the days of Jonah–sending his message of repentance ahead of time. Oh America, America, time is running out. We may or may not experience another calamitous event here on our soil, though we cannot deny the truth, that to those whom much has been given, much will be required; but it is essential that we who know the truth begin to let others know that there is a God who does not desire for any to perish but all to come to repentance. Peter writes in his second letter: “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace… You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” 2nd Peter 3

Published in: on January 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Haiti, Katrina, Tsunami, Towers

I remember a sermon that John Piper gave after the Tsunami hit a few year ago. He compared the devastating loss of human life to some of the destructive events in the Bible and the purpose behind them mainly that the living turns to God. In Luke 13:3-4 Jesus talks about the crumbling of the tower of Saloam. He is talking about the 18 people who died when the Tower fell. Note what Jesus says: “do you suppose that those upon whom the Tower of Siloam fell were worse than others?” I say unto you, “No, but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish”(Luke13:4-5). Calamity comes for different reasons. Sometimes it is to judge a wicked people as was the case in Noah’s flood. Whether the twin towers, the tsunami, Katrina, or the earthquake of Haiti were for the purpose of judgment, only God knows. But what I do know, is that there is a message for the living, which is “unless you repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Ironically, even if you do repent, you may still die in an earthquake, or flood, or in a fallen tower. So why repent if it isn’t going to prevent you from “likewise perishing?” What Jesus is saying is that death is coming to every one of us eventually–SO BE PREPARED. We are all going to die but if you have a relationship with the Son of God through repentance and the forgiveness of your sins, then death, no matter what form it comes, is only a door to an eternity where there will be no pain, no suffering, and no more tears. It is eternal life with Christ Jesus our Lord and all of God’s people forever! For those who live through such a dramatic event, it is our role to compassionately comfort and protect the living, and gently turn them to a God who loves them and as proven his love by letting his own Son die a calamitous death. Our great and loving God feels our pain and His reasons for allowing such calamity is always based on His great love for us, from an eternal perspective.

Published in: on January 19, 2010 at 7:12 pm  Leave a Comment