Latter Rain Update October 1996


TRYING NOT TO OFFEND?

Believe it or not, this is the motto of many believers today. Christians all around the world have been caught up in what society today is promoting - an unoffensive view on people of all attitudes and lifestyles. You are encouraged not to say anything that would declare an absolute truth, or that would single anyone out as a deviant. "I’m okay; you’re okay," is the consensus. Don’t judge anyone. Everyone is told to be politically correct, but is it possible to have Politically Correct Christianity?

We know that Jesus came to the world to bring the light and truth of God to men; to illuminate their darkness. Those who believe on Him are saved. Those who do not believe on Him are condemned. "Why?" you ask.

John 3:16-21

18 He who believes on Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Jesus, being the Light of the World, shined the truth of God upon the darkness of men. Those who accepted the Light, came to the light and received Jesus. Those who rejected the Light hated the Light because it exposed their evil. Thus they hated Jesus. As Christians, we are the Light of the World. It is no wonder that the world will hate us too. Jesus stated in John 15:18-25 that the world will hate us just as it hated Him because we are not of the world. We stand as a testimony against them that their deeds are evil just as Jesus did.

So why are many Christians striving to fit in to this Politically Correct Movement? There can only be one reason. They want to be a friend of the world. James 4:4 states that whoever wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. We can conclude, therefore, that Christians would rather be loved and accepted by the world than to truly bear the image of Jesus.

Just what do we mean by the world? They are the unbelievers and their attributes and attitudes. When we are a friend of the world, we accept and approve of their way of thinking or living although the Word of God speaks contrary of them.

For example, homosexuality is an abomination to the Lord (Lev.18:22), and those who practice such things will not inherit eternal life (I Cor.6:9-10). In society, however, this lifestyle is supposed to be accepted and even applauded. Who do you believe? God or men? If God, then the world will be offended by you.

The world says that we are narrow-minded, self-righteous, and judgmental. The Bible, however, tells us to judge indeed. In I Cor.6, we read that the Church of Corinth was being rebuked for not at least judging matters between the brethren. We are told in verse two that we will judge the world and angels. How much more so should we judge the smallest matters. Of course, we need to have the Spirit of Truth dwelling within us in order to have a frame of reference for judging matters (let the reader get the tapes). I Cor.2:15 further states that he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he is rightly judged by no one. Judging is merely making a distinction; discerning. Those who are mature have their senses exercised to discern between good and evil (Hebr.5:14).

Much of the Body of Christ is caught up in the PC Movement due to Men of God being men-pleasers rather than God-pleasers. They would rather not tell the Truth than to offend the people. They even leave out the name of Jesus when closing a prayer, or they give altar calls where people can anonymously accept Jesus.

 

Round One of the annual Tennis Tournament began Saturday, Oct. 6 at Laurelglenn Tennis Club. There was sweat and tears as the players gave it their all for the preliminary round. Advancing to the Finals for the Men’s Singles is Brother Daron and Pastor Ron. Women’s Singles finalists are Sister Michele M. and Sister Linda. The Rodriguez Sisters will rally it out with Sister Renita and Sister Charisse for the Doubles Women title. The final matches will be delayed until further notice.

Vinegar, Waterpaints, and Saran wrap provided the women of Shekinah with a night full of learning and crafts at the October Women’s Fellowship. They learned how to make vinegar bottles, paint designs on clothes, spruce-up old picture frames, mount special memoirs, and "sponge paint" interior decorator style with Saran Wrap. State of the Art glue guns were won by Sister Wendy and Sister Rosie, and various vinegar bottles were also given away.

The next Women’s Fellowship will be the Annual Christmas Tea in December! Last year’s event was a challenge as the women drew names of someone that they then made a personal and exquisite night shirt for out of a T-shirt. Details for this year’s event will be given out soon!

Once Again the Green Team Wins!

This year’s Shekinah Games Trophy goes to the Green Team led by Brother Jeff C! This year’s event was altered a little bit since Pastor Ron was unable to join us: there was no Simon Says (because Pastor is Simon), and Brother Lee became the Team Captain of the Red Team in Pastor’s absence. It was a day of fun and "Celebration" as "Unity" was the theme of this year’s games. Awards and the trophy will be given out within a few weeks.