I am sure as I move forward with my blog. That many of you are uncomfortable with my rhetoric.In particular my Catholic brothers and sisters. And that is fine. All that it means is that you are a little too complacent with your walk in Christ. When a local priest was asked why he doesn’t preach with more fervor on subjects such as sin and repentance. He replied…I cant do that…the people wont like it. Your comfort is temporal and your character is eternal. One of my favorite Pentecostal preachers is Joyce Meyer.Her shows are aired on the Daystar television network. This is some brass tacks in your face Christian preaching and teaching. Now as much as I love her. She would disagree with me being a Catholic I am sure. And the Catholic church would disagree with her being a Pentecostal and a woman preacher to boot. And therein step I. The equalizer. Feel free to hate me everyone and anyone. Now I quite frankly don’t care who you are or what church you attend. And my belief based on the word of God is that he doesn’t much care either. God is looking for hungry,sincere,humble individuals. People who have a desire to read his word and pray fervently. And after having done so are willing to take a licking and keep on ticking. What I find in talking to many Christians. Something you will never know because you are applying zero effort to evangelization. Is that they are very opinionated about church and everything else.
And their opinions are in vain because none of them have anything to do with Gods word. Now I know this to be true because I am a bible thumping Christian. Filled with the Spirit of God. Which is something you know nothing about either. But that wont stop you from being critical of me or others like me. There are topics which need to be preached and teached about on a regular basis. In the kingdom of heaven repetition is a very good thing. In fact in revelation we read of angels by Gods throne who do nothing but proclaim Holy,Holy,Holy day and night 24/7.So for you Protestants out there who think saying the Our Father and the Hail Mary and the Glory Be is vain and repetitious. When I am praying and I feel the holy Ghost come upon me. And the tears are rolling down my cheeks. That’s not Satan numbskull. These prayers may be repetitious but they are certainly not vain.
I will ask you to consider the utter stupidity of your thought process regarding this as being vain and repetitious praying. As I present to you the definition of vain….Without real significance, value or importance; baseless or worthless Definition 2: excessively proud of or concerned about ones own appearance, qualities, achievements etc. It sounds like the definition is you. Not the prayers. And what do you say we sample the Our Father and see how it measures up to your claims of being vain. OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN..HALLOWED BE THY NAME THY KINGDOM COME THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD AND FORGIVE US LORD AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESSPASS AGAINST US AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL..AMEN…And now lets sample the Catholic Glory be Prayer…GLORY BE TO THE FATHER AND TO THE SON AND TO THE HOLY SPIRIT AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING IS NOW AND EVER SHALL BE WORLD WITHOUT END AMEN…Now I ask you my astute critic. At what point do either of these prayers become vain? And while we are at it. Considering that angels proclaim Holy Holy Holy day and night before Gods throne. At what point do you judge that we have said them to much for our own good or the praise of God? Feel free to message me when you come up with an honest answer. Gods word is living. It is active. It is and has been moving since the day it came into print for the first time. And it will continue to do so until Christ’s return and then some. If Gods word is not alive and real and working in your life. Then you are nothing more and nothing less then a dead man or woman walking. You are useless to the Kingdom of Heaven and are a critic to those who are doing something bout it.
Now I know that you are out there reading this. You cant stand someone exposing your complacency in God. You don’t want to speak of him because it will cause embarrassment amongst your friends and peers. It s much easier to attend your little mass or service on Sunday and go back home to your own comfortable world on Monday. The fact is for those of us who read and know. That Gods word is like sandpaper. And it comes in different grits as well.60,80,120,180 etc. Each grit is designed to remove a certain amount of sin and pride from your life. And if you allow that process to occur via the Holy Spirit. You will eventually get to the place where the 22o and the polishing grades are then applied to buff out your finish. But you will never know anything about that process until you put your pride on a shelf. Humble yourself before God in prayer. And tell him that you are sorry. Its time to get to work. I know that you are able…but…are you willing? To be continued