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Sunday, September 11, 2016
Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity and remembrance of 11 September 2001
Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the attack on the United States by the forces of Islam. This is what it was and is today. Islam is a political system masquerading as a religion which worships its leader, Allah, often referred to as the Prince of this World. Make no mistake, Allah is not another name for God, he is not God, he may well be some people’s god. But, he is the Devil. This attack which killed over 3,000 was cheered by hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world. It was not the work of Islamic extremists, it was a demonstration of mainstream Islam. Since that date, Islam has advanced around the world, encouraged and aided by our politicians; as Christianity and worship of the One True Triune God has receded and been attacked by those same politicians. This must stop.
I beg each of you today to remember those whose lives were lost on 11 September 2001, those who were injured and the families whose lives and future were so badly damaged or even lost. Pray God will guide us to a future where we recognize evil anywhere is evil everywhere.
If you did not know about Islam before 11 September 2001, you do now. Remember those murdered, those injured, their families and those whose heroism made an impact on our lives.
Islam worships Allah. Allah is not another name for God, it is another name for the Devil.
Allah’s kingdom is of this world and he lies to people. Surprise. Islam is far more a political system than a religion. It is of this world, just like Allah!
The koran calls for world domination by Islam using forced conversion or death as a way to weed out “infidels. Christians are commanded to spread the Word and if people do not want to hear or learn then they are to be left alone. Islam calls for imposing the Will of Allah on all by whatever means necessary. Islam only requires one to be what we would call honest and good to those of your own sect. The rest of humanity is to be used and abused, not to mention goats. Muslims are big on stoning people up to their waist in the earth, not so big on fighting those who fight back. They are not called to forgiveness, but to revenge. Revenge for slights to their "code" given to them from their Prince of this World by his pedophilic follower Mohammed.
Islam has no place in the United States of America. As to Obama's claim muslims have been part of our very fabric since the beginning, in a sense he is right: reference - Marine Corps Hymn - Shores of Tripoli. They have been our enemy since Day One. Nothing changes.
Sermon – Reverend Jack Arnold - Time and Action
Church of the Faithful Centurion - Descanso, California
Today’s sermon tied the Collect, Epistle and Gospel together and talked, as is oft the case, of the need for action, not simply diction.
Consider the words of the Collect, “…let thy continual pity cleanse and defend thy Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without thy succour, preserve it evermore by thy help and goodness …”
When the Collect talks about the church, just like last week, it is not talking about buildings; it is talking about us. The body of believers who all believe on Jesus Christ and His Father. The physical building of the church has no importance compared to those who make up the church, us, the believers who are following God. We are the body of believers that makes up the church on Earth. Each of us; all of us and together. We need God’s help (pity) to keep the group of us together following His Will, for without His Help (Holy Ghost) we are doomed to utter failure. We can see this in the church today. Many churches are leaving the Bible used for over 2,000 years and adopting newfangled translations which mangle His Word. When they leave the theology Christ gave to us, they soon find they are on a broad easy path paved with smooth talking New Age pagan theology.
Also people seemed to be wrapped up in staying with the physical plant of the church, when they miss the fact the real Church is not contained with the buildings, but within the people who are following the Lord. The priests are supposed to lead the people towards the Lord, and not be giving them directions in His Place. However, far too many priests in the RCC, the TEC and others have stopped leading people towards God and have started leading them away from God. The problem is that Heaven is at the end of a hard and narrow uphill trail. The easy downhill trail does not lead to the summit. That seemingly easy way leads to The Pit. This easy downhill trail way is the way towards which most of the mainline church pastors and priests are leading people. The way of the easy to read Bibles with their corrupt non Received Text manuscripts is not the way to go. This proves the truth of this collect, that without His help, we are doomed. With His Help, we are set for success for evermore. He offers; do we accept?
That leads us to Saint Paul’s point: If we will open our hearts to God, He will send the Holy Ghost to fill our hearts with Love, Courage, Inspiration, Tenacity and Confidence, which will help our character development. These are truly all characteristics we are going to need if we are to be effective ministers of God. Once the Holy Ghost enters into us, we will know the full dimensions of Christ, the height, width and depth of His love for us, and this fullness will fill us to our content; we will want to spread that Good News and Love of Him to others. This is what the truly the Good News is all about, His love for us. His love that He died that we might have eternal life, a happier life here and a happier life after our life here.
He offers all of these things for our benefit, so that we will be successful for Him. We have to accept this offer by opening our hearts to Him. One of my favorite cartoon strips Calvin and Hobbes, oft has great moral lessons. Calvin’s dad so very often reminds Calvin that doing one’s duty in the face of adversity builds character. It also strengthens the soul by building trust in God. In adversity we are more likely to call upon Him for help than in times of plenty and success. In those adverse times, we are driven to our knees and call to Him for help and we are more likely to listen. However, we need to listen and ask for His help even more so in good and successful times. This is the mistake the people of Israel made. In times of bad, they would call and ask for God’s help, but when things turned successful again, they turned their backs on God, then things turned bad again, which is a constant repeating cycle in the Old Testament.
If we will open our hearts to Him, our ears will hear the command “… Arise.” When we rise, we rise with the confidence of immortals and can conquer any obstacle. We will have died in our old sinful ways and are resurrected like our Lord in a new spirit and a new birth of everlasting freedom. But, without an open heart, our ears will never hear the command directed to our soul, “… Arise.” We will be dead to eternity. There are none so deaf as those who will not hear.
Open your heart to our Lord and arise. Arise; go forth with Love, Courage, Inspiration, Tenacity and Confidence to fight the battle our Lord leads us into.
All Jesus asks is that we follow Him. That is all follow Him. But, words mean something. The word follow is very important.
I have heard my dad say many times in the military fighter world the strongest acceptance and recognition of excellence that can be given is, "You lead; I'll follow." For to do so is to put your life in the other's hands. Literally, completely and without question. It is a matter of putting the light on the star and hanging in there. It is said by few to an even smaller number. When you break out of the cloud after an hour of GE-28 Volt burning in your retina and see the runway or pop over the ridge after a half hour of dodging trees and triple A and the target is right there in the reticle, or gunsight, it is all okay. Sometimes in between, it does not seem like it will turn out that way. What makes you keep the light on the star is trust. Just like the Marines in World War II had to put their trust in their squad/platoon/company leader that they would be able to outfight the Japanese for example. Like these men, we have to recognize God as our company/platoon or battalion leader and follow His orders, and like these men, we will see success in our spiritual lives and perhaps our physical lives too. I see this as another aspect of that truth. The numbers are different in the case of God. We all (unlikely to happen) need to put our lives in the hands of a small number (that would be ONE).
We need to recognize who has the ability, the power, the perfection in leadership and have that trust to say, "You lead; I'll follow." I believe that is what Jesus expects from us in regard to our entire life. We may get out of position or even go lost wingman on the odd occasion, but he expects us to Our very best to follow His lead and stay in position. Hard to do if your eye is not padlocked on Him.
I might add, as ministers of our Lord, we have a similar responsibility to those who would follow us here on earth. And we have to work even harder, for created by a perfect God, we are imperfect creatures with free will. A problematic combination. We must strive for a correct attitude, heading, stability and predictability in our path so that we can be followed towards that final destination that marks a successful mission. We must always be checking our navigational instruments of the Holy Scriptures and our navigator the Holy Ghost, to ensure that we are following on the right heading. We have to be willing to do actions for Him to show that we truly do have faith and not just say that we have faith. It is a lot easier to say than do, that is for sure. It is easy to get wrapped up in little words and over analyze each word of Scripture rather than just taking the whole with the faith of a Child and taking the big picture in, rather than a shred of tapestry close in.
When Saint Luke relates the story of the Widow of Nain, it is more than just a simple miracle.
In those days, a widow with only one son had little, a widow with no son was in deep trouble. Jesus took compassion on her and also took the opportunity to make His power evident. He came to the bier, and touched it saying, “Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.” The young man arose and began to speak; whereupon Jesus brought him to his mother. Not surprisingly, news of this event was spread “forth throughout all Judæa, and throughout all the region round about.” Like the young man, we are dead to eternity until we hear the command “… Arise.” If we hear and act on that command, we have eternal life, just like the young man, it starts right then! Eternal life doesn't start when you take your last breath, it starts when you take your first breath! Think through your life like it will be eternity and plan your actions accordingly.
Also, please take note Jesus ACTED. He did not just tell the widow He was sorry, so very sorry; He actually did what He could to help her. He can do more than we can, but we can do more than we do and we can certainly do more than just talk. Words are very nice, but are meaningless unless they are backed by words.
If we truly have faith, then we will have good actions that will follow with that faith. If we only speak with our lips and do not have good actions, then we do not have any faith. However, if we do truly have faith, then we will speak the right things and do the right things.
Action, not diction, is what counts in the end.
Heaven is at the end of a hard and narrow uphill trail. The easy downhill trail does not lead to the summit.
The time is now, not tomorrow. The time has come, indeed. How will you ACT?
It is by our actions we are known.
Be of God - Live of God - Act of God