Goodbye and God Bless

Friends, this will be my last post on WordPress (as Messiah Gate). The five year-old experiment has not produced enough fruit to make it worth my time and effort.

This blog did not begin on WP, and will not continue here. The decision was made after much prayer and contemplation. I’ve been writing since I was ten-years-old; and my hometown paper published my submissions in its Voice of the People column.

The purpose of life is to figure out what your talent is, and use it for the glory of God. If what you’re doing is not working then you have to make an adjustment. We will all stand before God — both the just and unjust. Those who are covered by the blood of Jesus will not stand in condemnation, but will be judged according to their works.

I am not saying that we are saved by works, but our reward in heaven will be determined by the fruit of our lives.

According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire (1 Corinthians 3:10-15).

There will be a lot of Christians, standing before the Lord, who smell like they’ve been to a fire sale — very smoky, indeed — yet their souls will be spared the wrath of God because of their faith in Jesus Christ. I think the Protestant church has been too dismissive with regards to the importance of good works, but that shall not be debated here.

Jesus Christ is the foundation, and this blog is just one of many works that are laid upon the stone of salvation. Those of you who post Christ-centered articles will have to determine, in your own heart, if your blog glorifies God, or appeals to your own self-identity.

The first blog I ever published was titled after my own name. My mother corrected me with aged wisdom — “It’s not about you,” she would say; and so I dropped my name from the title. How can I phrase this? I have found that the most successful Christian blogs have been more id-centered than Christ-centered. Do you know what I mean?

I don’t want to make the mistake of King David, and conduct a census of my blog. WordPress does that at the end of the year; and the stats are underwhelming. Fewer than 800 people visited this blog, and not even ten felt compelled to like a post, or leave a comment.

The numbers have been declining since 2013. This tree is not producing fruit. What is most discouraging are the hours of study and prayer that go into managing this blog, and then I see a random blog that has only a title — no posts, no content — and the blank About page has received ten likes.

There are blogs I follow that receive more visits per post than I have received in the past five years on WP. Again, we have to be careful to not judge ourselves vainly. For example, why do we write? Is it to glorify God, or puff up ourselves? In the end, the story is not about you and me, but our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

If I were to consistently water a barren tree … am I making the best use of the time that God has given me? You have to make that decision for yourself, but as for me the answer is …

… no.

Think of all the time, each day, that you devote to pursuing your own interests — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, texting, music, television, blogging, whatever it might be … and measure that to the time that you spend with God. How does it stack-up? Are those hours, spent daily in self-pursuit, building upon the foundation of Jesus Christ? For me, the answer would be no. I mean, do I really have to spend two hours watching Casablanca for the umpteenth time?

Please understand, we all need to relax and refocus; but realize in the stillness that God has given us this time to draw closer to Him — not binge on a TCM marathon of Bogart pictures. If you are a Christian who has never read through the Bible then maybe that is a task you might complete in the New Year.

As for me, I will continue to write for we cannot hide from the purpose to which He has called us. Think of Jonah, or the man who buried his talents.

The Lord has graciously blessed my work elsewhere, and so I will continue to labor in those fields that yield a good harvest. WordPress only gleaned off this fruit as did Facebook and Twitter which are now deleted.

Let me just say that the other blog is very humble in appearance. I was drawn to WP because the blogs looked so flashy and professional. They had eye-appeal, and I was attracted to the presentation. It’s all vanity. Though the other blog looks like my brother’s hand-me-downs it was blessed by God who anoints that which is lowly, and rejects that which is haughty.

May the Lord forgive me.

I was going to post an article on Franklin Graham’s appearance at the inauguration so let me say a few things about that. It came to my attention via AOL that a “contentious” pastor had been invited to Trump’s swearing-in ceremony. Frankly speaking, it was sort of confounding to learn that the divisive pastor was the son of Billy Graham. Pardon me? Oh, yes, due to his anti-gay agenda the younger Graham is supposedly unfit to attend the gala ceremony. (Because of AOL’s tenor I will cancel my account.)

Folks, we live in a day and age where Christianity has become the greatest evil in society. Islam, which has given birth to a worldwide Jihad, is to be respected and revered. After all, they worship the same God as do the Jews and Christians, but in whose name do they terrorize and murder innocent people?

Franklin Graham has murdered no one. His only crime is defending the sanctity of life, and of marriage. Christians are not anti-people. We do stand by God’s judgement of sexual immorality whether homosexual or heterosexual, but this is not an indictment of any person, or class of people, but of a behavior deemed by a righteous God to be immoral.

This is what Satan does — he turns the truth into a lie, and deceives the many who will follow the wide road to destruction for men love the darkness rather than the light; and they certainly don’t want to listen to Franklin Graham teach the Word of God.

To answer Caralyn, Is Christianity Dead?, we can take comfort in the words of Jesus. Millennials are fleeing the church in droves which is not a good sign if you are looking for a worldwide conversion before the return of Messiah; but Jesus said that only the few will find life so it should be comforting to know that we need not carry the burden of discipling the whole world. When it comes right down to it we have to be vigilant to work out our own salvation to make sure we can stand before God with a clear conscience.

My closing prayer is that the body of Christ will endure in faith and in good deeds — that the Holy Spirit will do mighty works until that great and glorious day when Messiah returns. I want to thank the few people who have supported this blog — God knows who you are — and may His blessings be poured out upon my Internet church family.

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