Message of Truth

The book of Jude is a single chapter letter hosting but 25 verses. In his opening remarks, Jude gives diligence to write about the faith. He called it “common salvation.” He said that we “should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Jude 1:3

Look closely at the words of Jude. He did not submit that we should contend for a new salvation or a revised faith. Jude promoted contending for the faith already established. Unlike so many trending churches, this apostle was not seeking for a modern twist or a modified thought. He was seeking to keep, fight, even battle for the very thing delivered to the first church. The faith he spoke of was the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was the revelation of the Mighty God in Christ and a clear separation from the world in lifestyle. Jude sought for what once was delivered.

Nehemiah shared the space that Jude so profoundly occupied in that Nehmiah did not build the walls around Jerusalem in 52 days. He rebuilt them. He did not draw new lines or reshape the boundaries. He simply put back what had fallen down and he put it back in its original place. Nehemiah was working on what was established before his time. He knew that even though the temple had been restored, Jerusalem could not survive without fortified walls to protect it. He also knew that the template had been settled – the footings were already set. All he had to do was insist on putting back the walls where they were laid.

It’s the arrogance of men who think that the Apostolic doctrine is outdated or old-fashioned. We are witnessing backslidden men and women redefine truth to fit their personal agenda. They are removing the basic tenets to satisfy their carnal natures and then calling themselves “spiritually enlightened.” Their anecdotal stories lead their persuasions as they boast of the absence of tradition. In the end, all they have are diluted doctrines and cities without walls. How many times have I watched them rail against the church and then declare themselves sufficient without its borders? People who say they don’t need a church or a pastor are only fooling themselves as they willingly blind themselves from the established Word.

We preach a Message of Truth not of our own making. We believe in a Bible that we did not write and are commanded not to alter. No amount of modernization will change the scripture. No amount of talent or intellectualism will ever be able to dismiss those fortified walls of protection called submission, obedience, and humility. I am contending for the faith that came before me; that is greater than me. It is the only lasting truth in this world.

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole

Busy Philipps

I don’t know Busy Philipps. Her first name confused me for a moment, but it might be my age or my disassociation with the current celebrity A & B list. The commentary of her is consistent across the board. Philipps is a funny, relatable individual who accepts all people regardless of lifestyle. She presents herself in a humorous, sarcastic manner, congruent with other talk show hosts.

She recently made an appeal for abortion that caught my attention. Her opening line was simple and disarming. She said, “You know me…,” as she urged people to join the Pro-Choice cause, “I’ve had an abortion. I’m one of you.” It was a clever statement that set people at ease. She was one of them; an ordinary person with a great life and a fun disposition. Her message was one of simplicity. Though it did not change my view, I felt the sting of its power.

Sin on all levels has been brought into the mainstream. Anti-Bible messages litter our airwaves like tin cans on a busy highway. The rage against purity weighs heavy upon the separated life. To the world, these things should be commonly accepted and normal.

  • Many of our public schools include classes on LBGTQ History. Christians ideas are regularly deemed as “dangerous and destructive.”
  • Jessie Sage writes that losing one’s virginity is not transformational but rather unremarkable, i.e., it’s nothing to keep.
  • Marijuana (a gateway drug) has been embraced by all demographics.
  • Sexual promiscuousness is a rite of passage for adolescence.

In the last days, sin will be the norm and godliness will be deviant. What America once believed sacred is now irreverent. What we thought to be the “gold standard” is now gravel. Paul called this “Perilous times.” 2 Timothy 3:2-5 “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power…”

Busy Philipps is just one of many who decry the Holy Scripture. She’s among a cacophony of voices all vying to dull our senses and help us “relax.” Solomon called it, “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep.” I say that it is High Time to awake out of sleep. The church must rise up and be heard. We must be Salt and Light to a world that is morally and spiritually bankrupt. This is not the time to take our ease. It is our time to shine and be stirred.

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole

Poured Out

Jeremiah 48:11 Moab hath been at ease from his youth, and he hath settled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither hath he gone into captivity: therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed.

In ancient times wine was permitted to rest on its “dregs,” i.e., “sediment,” in order to acquire the highest degree of flavor. However, it could not sit long or it would lose the very thing it was trying to gain. Purity and value were gained as it was poured into new wineskins; and finally, from the new wineskins to cup.

The Moabites were proud of their national culture. They had wealth and intelligence. But they had lost the value of the altar. They were “intoxicated” on their own form of secularism. They were never “poured out.” Jeremiah said that they “settled.” Stagnation of the spirit became their undoing.

David wrote: Psalms 126:5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. Psalms 126:6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

Paul said, Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Poured Out. Dry eyes produce dry spirits. Empty altars result in failing faith. Poured Out. The only way for us to be saved in this hour is to have open hearts and poured out lives before the Lord. Serving, giving, and sacrifice are the ingredients of strength. Crying out to God in worship is a washing of the mind and spirit. We must be Poured Out!

Standing back and watching others worship devalues our walk. The out of focused life produces stagnation and apathy. We must not trade pathos for passivity. We are in the fight of our lives and we must win the Prize. We must give time to the most important things: Prayer, worship, and the Word. Hear me… the accumulation of things is not the measure of success and settling is fodder for a cold and indifferent spirit. Today, we must be Poured Out!

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole

Everything else is secondary

How strange it must sound to the post-modern Christian reading the words of Jesus. I suppose that some might try to rearrange His word to fit our Western culture. For instance, when the people said, “Behold, thy mother and thy brethren,” Jesus answered Matthew 12:48-50 Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

When a disciple asked if he could first “go and bury my father.” Jesus replied, “Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead” (Matthew. 8:22). This discourse does not mesh well with modern thought. The Lord often spoke in riddles and parables. It was confusing for most of the people. Matthew 13:10-13 The disciples asked, “Why do you speak to in parables?” Jesus replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them in parables: ‘Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.’” Jesus held back the knowledge of the Kingdom so that the people would have to search in earnest to find the answers. He did not make it plain. How different He was than our current commentators. Obviously, Jesus was not an American. He did not hail from the land of the free and home of the brave. He was the incarnate God Who did not conform to His society and He will not conform to ours.

Incredibly enough, Jesus told us whom to fear. Luke 12:5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. For all the biblical scholars, please note that the word “fear” comes from the Greek word phobeo, meaning to frighten; to be alarmed. This leads us to the inevitable conclusion: Jesus cares about our eternal destination so much that He advocates a healthy fear to awaken our senses. He’s more interested in our eternal soul than our temporal life. If you can see it, then know that the miracles were not His reason for coming. He came to seek and save that which was lost. Miracles and healings are simply the byproducts of His compassionate nature. He came as a ransom to pay the debt of sin because eternity is the primary. Everything else is secondary.

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole